Nearly everyone who drives a car today also has a smartphone, and that’s especially true for Acura drivers. Their vehicles are technologically advanced and have some of the best convenience features. With recent laws regarding smartphone use while driving, integrating the two things – cars and smartphones – has pretty tough. But that’s not an issue for iPhone users with Apple CarPlay.
What is Apple CarPlay?It’s the seamless way to integrate your iPhone with your vehicle. Apple CarPlay makes interacting with the outside world easier and smoother. Most importantly, it’s much safer than operating your smartphone while you drive. With Apple CarPlay, your infotainment screen displays similar icons as your phone screen. You can use your Acura’s touchscreen to access the functions, your steering wheel controls, or the rotary knob and buttons on your radio.
What Apps Are Part of Apple CarPlay?Common entertainment and navigation apps are what you’ll find with Apple CarPlay, although the available apps are always expanding. Use your favorite Maps app. Use your smartphone through your radio, just like you would on the device itself. Have Siri dictate your received SMS messages and reply with voice commands. As well, music is at your fingertips in no short supply. Stitcher, Overcast, Spotify, Tidal, Audiobooks, MLB At Bat, and all your favorite podcasts are easy to access. And keep on the lookout for newly released apps that you can use too!
Acura Models with Apple CarPlayThe Acura lineup is expanding all the time, and new models have Apple CarPlay as either standard equipment or available as part of a package. Current models that are equipped with Apple CarPlay include:
- The 2017 and 2018 Acura NSX supercar.
- The 2018 Acura MDX
- The 2018 Acura TLX, and now also the 2019 Acura TLX.