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Luxury electric vehicle manufacturer Lucid has finally introduced wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are now available as standard features on its connectivity suite. The news was confirmed on Twitter via a short teaser video, and the company’s website has been updated to include details about the wireless CarPlay integration.
The Glass Cockpit display is described as a “34-inch, 5K floating screen that sweeps around the driver, curving like the cockpit of a jet”. It is difficult to determine the exact size of the CarPlay portion of the screen. However, the display tapers off, indicating that the CarPlay portion might be relatively small.
Although the addition of CarPlay and Android Auto seems like a no-brainer for a luxury EV at this price point ($88k to $250k), it is not the norm. Tesla has not included these capabilities since 2014, and Rivian has decided to skip them altogether.
Lucid has focused on wireless Apple CarPlay with its recent announcement, but Android Auto, which was previously seen in testing, is now available as well. The company stated on its website, “Air is even compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and countless other apps”.
While the CarPlay/Android Auto portion of the screen seems somewhat small compared to the full 34-inch display, it is a significant step for Lucid. The move shows that the company is keeping up with the latest trends and innovations in the industry, especially as the in-car experience becomes more important to consumers.
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It will be interesting to hear about real-world experiences from Lucid Air owners and how the integration of wireless CarPlay and Android Auto will impact their driving experience. With luxury electric vehicles on the rise, it is likely that more manufacturers will follow Lucid’s lead and include these features as standard in the near future.