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Robotic Auto Assistants are the Future

Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto are paving the way to robotic assistants in our cars becoming standard. All they require are simple voice commands to pull up directions, call contacts and play songs.

You’re going to start seeing more affordable cars packed with big technology, especially when it comes to convenience and safety.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every day in the U.S., more than nine people are killed and more than 1,153 are injured in crashes that reportedly involve a distracted driver.

Both CarPlay and Android Auto allow drivers to get their eyes on the road, instead of fiddling with GPS systems and phones. The technology is turned on with the touch of a steering wheel button; then the driver’s voice controls it.

So far, General Motors is the only manufacturer to offer CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment. Many manufacturers offer it on higher trim levels, though.

Neither system has been tested yet by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. There are still improvements that could be done to refine integration. As it stands now, the phone must be plugged in to work through the car, which is why many cars offer infotainment systems with apps for convenience.

We’ll see what improvements are made as software and operating systems are upgraded in the future.

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