Mazda has confirmed it will finally add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to updated models in the future.
The Japanese brand has been one of the last car makers to embrace the smartphone integration technology. Instead it has persisted with its in-house MZD infotainment that includes connection with selected apps, including Aha and Stitcher.
With the increasing popularity of smartphones from Apple and Android, Mazda has confirmed it will introduce both systems on all new or updated models featuring the MZD system starting later in 2018, which includes everything bar the BT-50 which features an aftermarket Alpine system in top-grade variants.
For owners of existing cars with the MZD system, which was introduced in the 2013 Mazda3, they will be up able to pay for a hardware and software upgrade too. It will be a fully integrated system so the appearance of the MZD system won’t change for owners.
Mazda Australia hasn’t yet announced pricing for the upgrade.