Honda has added wireless CarPlay and Android Auto to its 2021 Accord on the higher-end EX-L and Touring trims with an 8-inch touchscreen display.
Apple’s CarPlay lets drivers access a number of iPhone apps from the car dashboard such as Messages, Maps, Music, Podcasts, WhatsApp among many other compatible apps. In previous CarPlay-supported vehicles, the feature offered wired connection via iPhone’s Lightning cable. That changes in upcoming CarPlay vehicles, as it works over Bluetooth and WiFi without requiring a wired connection. Google’s Android Auto is essentially the same but for Android phones.
Hyundai has also included wireless CarPlay and Android Auto in the 2021 Santa Fe models, which are not equipped with navigation. It has upgraded to a larger 8-inch touchscreen from its previous model. For navigation-equipped models, wired CarPlay and Android Auto remain standard. There’s also support for wireless charging in the Accord and Santa Fe.
As MacRumors reports, Honda’s 2021 Accord is already on sale in the US and the Hyundai Santa Fe will be out by the end of the year. Honda and Hyundai aren’t the only companies, other carmakers like Ford, GM, Chrysler, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz also offer wireless CarPlay and Android Auto in select vehicles.