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Integration of advanced technology into everyday life continues to accelerate, and the automotive sphere is no exception. While newer cars sport the latest features, most notably some sort of touchscreen interface, it's now possible to bring those innovations to older models.
Setup is rather simple: use the mounting accessories and bracket to securely attach the screen to your dashboard; plug it into your car's lighter for power; and decide whether you want to use the AUX cable to connect to your car's existing speakers, or use those built into the display.
From there, navigate the Android operating system to access Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. That's where you'll find navigation apps like Google Maps and Waze, your phone's messages and phone apps, and other compatible apps like Spotify, Podcasts, and even YouTube. Certain apps will require a Wi-Fi connection, but your phone's hotspot will do just fine.
While using CarPlay or Android Auto, you'll also have access to Siri or Google Assistant for a number of hands-free features like making calls, sending texts, asking it to play a song, or getting last-minute directions. The result is a safer driving experience.
Another notable capability of this touchscreen display is integration with your car's existing rear backup camera. If your vehicle is equipped, the screen automatically switches to that camera when shifted into reverse and shows helpful parking guidelines to help you maneuver into a spot.