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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

CarPlay Beats Android Auto In Winning Over Porsche [Report]

According to a very revealing report posted by Motor Trend this week, Porsche has chosen to go with Apple CarPlay in their upcoming 2017 Porsche 911, and not Google's Android Auto. And the reason for it is the way both companies collect car data for Porsche to use the software.

The report was posted on Motor Trend a couple of days back and was immediately updated to include a response from Google. Here are some more details...

Google requires cars to provide much more data when starting Android Auto compared to what Apple needs for CarPlay to work. Some of the types of data collected includes vehicle speed, throttle position, coolant temperature, oil temperature, and engine revs. Apple, on the other hand, only requires to know if the vehicle is moving when CarPlay is being used.

Porsche was apparently not comfortable enough providing all the info that Google requires and that may be the reason why it went with CarPlay for its upcoming vehicles. Google's policies apply to every car manufacturer looking to include Android Auto in their vehicles. That list of automakers is long. Which makes you wonder where all that data might end up.

Clarification from Google

Motor Trend updated their report with a response from Google. Liz Markman, a Google spokesperson for Android Auto, said in a statement that Google does not collect some of the data listed by Porsche, such as throttle position and coolant temperature.

Markman did not provide any indication on what information Google actually collects though. She did, however, clarify that some of the data being collected is for safety, while some of it is to optimize the app's user experience.

You can read the report over at Motor Trend, which includes additional information about the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S.

Source: Motor Trend
Images' source: Porsche

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