I was googling around for some news on Carplay being added to Mazdas, and found this recent thread over at Mazda3Revolution forum
A recent poster said
I'm kind of excited at the possibility to have carplay, or Auto if I get an Android next.Hi all. Read thru this and wanted to offer what I have learned. When I purchased my Mazda 3 in May of last year, I was told it had real-time traffic on the Nav. After purchasing found this to not be true. I have had a number of conversations with Mazda USA on this and here is what they have told me.
* The WiFi was disabled in Mazda connect because of the number of complaints they had from users on their data going over carrier limits due to it being used by the car. (so they cut their liability).
* Apple CarPlay is in development. As of my last call a couple of weeks ago, it is ready for new vehicles, but they are still testing in existing vehicles. Supposedly the hardware in the 2015 Mazda3 is fully compliant and will just need a software update to install.
So.... Based on this, it seems they are close to releasing Apple CarPlay at least in new models - with existing 2015 & 2016 models soon.
If you want to call and voice your support or opinions, my contact is Becky at 949-727-6610. Maybe the more people that call the quicker they will implement.
Anyone have any newer info?
I like the first poster's option better...lol.
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Well I recently contacted Mazda about Android auto for an issue I was having in regards to my infotainment system. I also asked about Android auto and part of the response was this "In regards to the Android Auto, Mazda is currently working on a software update to make Android Auto available, unfortunately there is not known date of when it'll be available". This could be taken different ways but to me an update is what is done on current devices already out. So our current Mazda's.
From what I heard from a Mazda rep, Mazda is set to support Android Auto before carplay. This is partially the reason why androids seem to work flawlessly with current infotainment and iphones have issues initially with reading text messages.
CastScreen app, I think Android would be supported first. Also, the open-source nature of Android makes it a lot easier than the proprietary iOS.
This looks like Android on the stock OEM system with touch-screen input and sound. I guess it's not to hard, then.
We can only hope. I sent Mazda yet another email enquiring about Android auto. I hope everyone does that. At least help them realize we're interested in the safety features available with AA.
Anyone hear of any updates on CarPlay? Sad that every major automaker is adding this to their 2017 models.
Last edited by Heritage07; 10-04-2016 at 08:08 PM.
Software alone will not enable Apple CarPlay - if they do update the software the USB hub will likely have to be upgraded as well. Apple requires a proprietary USB for it to work.
I just went through the process for my new 2016 F-150. The vehicle came from the factory with the correct CarPlay software version, but it didn't work until I replaced the physical USB module. This is only for Apple CarPlay BTW, Android Auto worked fine with the original USB module.
Apparently late 2016 model F-150s (Mid August onward) were shipped with the 2017 software but the older non-apple USB hub.
After I replaced the USB module both CP and AA work great.
I would imagine the same would apply for the Mazda since they were not originally built for Apple CarPlay.
Last edited by adgjqetuo; 10-04-2016 at 01:05 PM.
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Actually according to the last page of the thread I linked to in the first post of this thread, the USB and everything is already good in our Mazdas