Apple used the release of iOS 13 to introduce a new feature for CarPlay users that allows them to keep multiple apps on screen simultaneously, all in an effort to eliminate the need to switch between apps. other while driving.
Called the Dashboard, this new feature supports navigation apps, phone call info, music players, and calendar integration, and in 2020, major apps like Waze and Google Maps also have been updated to work in the dedicated navigation map.
Needless to say, people loved this dashboard because they could get information from multiple apps with just a glance at the screen, so many people wondered if Google ever wanted to provide such an alternative. to the world of Android Auto.
And it turns out that Google not only introduced something similar, but it made it a whole lot better in so many ways.
Android Auto 6.1 incorporates this new split screen mode that allows you to run two different apps side by side, including Google Maps and multimedia apps. So in other words, you can have the navigation app and your music player on the screen at the same time, and since these two are the most popular tools that we use in the car, it is possible that the need to interact with the main unit has been greatly reduced.
Compared to the CarPlay dashboard, which groups multiple apps into smaller maps on the same screen, Android Auto allows two apps side-by-side in larger panes, making information much easier for the driver to see.
The only downside is that the new split screen mode is only available for cars with larger screens, so hopefully Google will find a way to bring this CarPlay dashboard alternative to standard screens at some point in the future. the future.