There’s a reason why the iconic road trip is deeply into pop culture. It’s a proof that cars have always been beyond simple transportation tools or mere motor vehicles.
They’re also a place to get away from work and home where you can spend time in peace with your loved ones or socialize with friends, listen to music and engage in lively conversations with a small group of family or friends.
Thanks to constant technological advancements, the majority of new cars today provide many more options for entertainment than a standard stereo that has an AM/FM radio tuner, or an MP3 player.
Instead, online streaming services have taken over the spotlight which allows passengers and drivers to enjoy (and view) whatever they like, whenever they want.
In the premium category the majority of cars feature high-end audio systems from brands like Harman Kardon, Bowers & Wilkins, Meridian, and Burmester. Combining streaming and high-fidelity audio systems provides car manufacturers with the opportunity to market their vehicles as portable hi-fi systems or home theatre systems in the car.
A lot of new cars come with infotainment systems that have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. This means that lots of audio and music apps that are available via the iPhone or Android smartphones can be accessed via your car’s infotainment system provided your smartphone is connected.
Music lovers will appreciate the top apps that are available via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfaces include Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal as well as Amazon Music. Be aware that, like many other apps for CarPlay/Android Auto each Apple and Google severely limit the layout for the UI to a handful of simple controls to minimize distraction for drivers.
This means that the apps will appear the same when displayed on your infotainment screens however they will not provide the full range of sophisticated options available on your tablet or phone.
Podcasts are on the rise in popularity as are the two apps Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto also cater for the needs of these listeners through apps like Overcast, Pocket Casts, and the Apple Podcasts app (CarPlay only).
For those who want to broaden their tastes, applications like iHeartRadio, TuneIn and Listnr let users listen to radio stations across the globe and across the country. Book lovers can also gain accessibility to the Amazon Audible service, which is specialized in audiobooks with longer forms.
Relying upon Apple CarPlay and Android Auto However, streaming content depends on the signal strength of your device. If you are planning to drive to an area that is remote it is advisable to download audiobooks, music or podcasts before embarking on your journey.
Some carmakers have attempted to cut down on their dependence on mirroring technology for smartphones by integrating streaming technology into their in-car infotainment systems. The most current models are from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Tesla.
Some cars featuring Android Automotive (i.e. Android as the default infotainment system) For instance, some cars come with built-in Spotify apps.
These integrations could provide benefits, including users a seamless experience since the phone of the driver does not have to be connected to the car in order to stream Spotify or make using the car’s internet plan to stream music.
The native Spotify integration might also mean lower buffering and improved streaming reception in remote areas, because the car’s antenna is more powerful is utilized.
However, the actual quality of the audio may differ depending on the specific vehicle model. The Spotify app for the Tesla Model 3, for example has the maximum rate of 96kbps. It is compared to 320kbps for the Android Auto/CarPlay app.
Streaming video services
Services for streaming video are more difficult to access on cars because of the risk of distraction by drivers and Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto don’t support video streaming apps like Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, or other streaming services.
In the end, it’s left for car manufacturers to decide which streaming services they want to integrate and how to achieve this without compromising their own infotainment systems.
Tesla is currently the best selection in this area and all models within the lineup available equipped with Netflix, YouTube, and Twitch services which can be viewed via the infotainment display while the vehicle is in Park. In some regions, Tesla also offers the Disney+ app, but it’s not known the exact date Australian model will become made available with the service.
Android is a multi-faceted operating system that can be used on televisions, smartphones and other devices and provides a variety in streaming options.
With Android Automotive, Google has recently made itself the default infotainment platform for the newest cars from manufacturers such as Volvo, Polestar, and Renault as well as the American company has announced that it will be rolling out the YouTube application on Android Automotive vehicles via a software update that will begin by launching Volvo C40 Recharge. Volvo C40 Recharge.
Of all the top automobile manufacturers it’s BMW which has made the biggest announcement yet regarding the introduction of video streaming capabilities in cars.
The screen was first revealed at the CES tech expo at the CES technology expo, the BMW Theatre Screen makes use of a ultra-widescreen display 31 inches (in the ratio 32:9) featuring an eight-k resolution. The display utilizes Amazon Fire TV. Amazon Fire TV platform, including services like Amazon Prime Video and Twitch.
It is anticipated that this screen will be made available on the upcoming top-of-the line BMW models, such as the next-generation BMW 7 Series.