Porsche Opts for Apple CarPlay Instead of Android Auto Over Data Issues
Pretty soon nearly every new car will have smartphone support for Apple CarPlay and/or Google’s Android Auto—it is just the way the market is going. Right now you even buy aftermarket interfaces to bring that infotainment connectivity to your older car. One place where you will not see one of these products for the time being is any new Porsche. According to Porsche, the new 2017 911 Carrera and Carrera S will feature Apple’s CarPlay, but not Android Auto. A report from MotorTrend states that this decision was made due to Google’s data privacy policies. In short, too much personal information was being sent back to the tech conglomerate. RELATED: See more images of the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera
Porsche was not pleased with Google’s request to hand over data from the ODB2 diagnostics unit, which included vehicle speed, throttle position, coolant temp, oil temp, engine RPM, as well as other data. Ultimately Porsche decided it would rather go without the system than be so open with its vehicles’ data.
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Apple, on the other hand, makes far less of a request. All it asks from Porsche is to let the tech giant know when the vehicle is in motion. This is a safety precaution that has been adopted as an industry norm when dealing with heavily integrated infotainment systems.
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The noble side of the argument is that Porsche was concerned with its drivers’ data, and considering how the European Union has stricter guidelines regarding the protection of personal data, it seems logical. But the more shrewd explanation was offered by MotorTrend—Google is working on its first -ever passenger vehicle, and any data culled from one of the most prolific sports car makers in the world could be extremely valuable. Asking for data from a potential future rival seems pretty brazen. For its own part, Apple is also working on a vehicle, but at least it is not asking Porsche for the secret sauce.