Mazda has had a bit of a rollercoaster experience when it comes to supporting Apple’s in-car system, CarPlay.
In 2014, Mazda was named one of the auto manufacturers that would be supporting CarPlay right out of the gate. Except that didn’t turn out to be the case at all. And then in 2017 it was announced that Mazda, among other companies, was part of a consortium that was planning on slowing down the “market domination” of in-car systems from Apple and Google. A few months later and Mazda confirmed it was still planning on supporting CarPlay after all.
And then, finally, in July of this year Mazda actually started rolling out support! So, for fans of the car company who had been waiting to use CarPlay, the day was finally here. Unfortunately, selection wasn’t huge. But now Mazda is looking to change that, too.
This week, Mazda has announced that it is offering up support for CarPlay in a wide range of vehicles, dating back to 2014 models and including newer models as well. This takes a dealer-installed upgrade, and the Mazda in question needs to support Mazda’s own Mazda Connect infotainment system. The upgrade, according to the announcement “includes both hardware and software components”, and the upgrade will actually provide the car owner with a more powerful, faster charging 2.1-amp USB port, and also bring in the latest version of Mazda Connect as well.
It is worth noting that this is not a free upgrade, though. Mazda says it will retail for $199, and car owners will need to block out two hours for the installation and upgrade process to complete. The upgrade is also available for Google’s Android Auto, if that’s more to your liking.
Who’s planning on adding CarPlay to their Mazda?[via Mazda]