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Audi to offer both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Audi, one of the members of the newly formed and Google-led Open Automotive Alliance, will follow Volvo's lead and offer both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in its future vehicles.

More specifically, Audi will start integrating the two interfaces in Europe next year. Customers in North America, on the other hand, will have to wait until 2016.

CarPlay will integrate with Audi's built-in controls, including the innovative Audi MMI touch system, as well as dial controls and voice controls to easily activate Siri. This will help reduce distractions behind the wheel while allowing drivers to conveniently access their iPhone to make calls, use Maps, listen to music, and send or receive messages.

In CarPlay-equipped models, drivers will simply connect their iPhone to begin using their apps through the car’s native controls. They will also have the option to easily switch from the CarPlay view and the Audi infotainment functions as desired.

Audi has yet to announce which models will feature Apple CarPlay. We'll likely find out a couple of months before their European launch.

“Audi owners have high expectations when it comes to integrating access to mobile devices in vehicles,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “CarPlay is immediately recognizable to iPhone users and will be a great added benefit for our customers.”