Mazda Infotainment Tech
Mazda is known for its reliable, fun-to-drive vehicles. What you may not also realize is that Mazda is at the forefront of infotainment offerings. In the latest Mazda models, you get a state-of-the-art infotainment system, called Mazda Connect. Let’s learn more about the details of this standard feature in the newest Mazda models.
What Is Mazda Connect?
Mazda Connect is an infotainment system included in the newest Mazda models. Through this system, you can see key vehicle information, such as navigation, speed, RPM, and fuel usage, all on a high-resolution monitor. Along with these basic features, Mazda Connect also has the ability to view a variety of mobile applications from your smartphone. This way, you can safely access all of your favorite media without having to even pick up your smartphone.
The way you access all of these great features is through a screen display. Standard models come with a 7-inch display while touring and higher trims can come with an 8-inch display.
How Does Mazda Connect Work?
To use Mazda Connect with your smartphone, all you have to do is connect using Bluetooth. Once you link your smartphone to the infotainment system, you can access all of your media and messages on the touch-screen display. If you have an Apple device, you can use its Apple CarPlay integration. If you have an Android device, you can use its Android Auto integration.
On older Mazda models, you can access all of your applications with a touch of your finger. Once the vehicle is in motion, you can use a console knob controller to toggle through everything. You can also control many of its features with voice-recognition technology, making for a safer, hands-free experience. In its newest generation, Mazda has decided to move forward without the touch-screen feature. That’s because using the control knob and voice technology is more efficient and safer for drivers.
Along with accessing your favorite media and vehicle information, the voice-recognition technology also allows you to make phone calls and send text messages without even having to take your hands off the wheel. You never have to miss a thing or feel tempted to check you phone again.
The Best Apps to Use on Mazda Connect
Through Mazda Connect, you can access many of the mobile apps you install on your smartphone. When deciding which apps to install, consider the following:
Audible is an app that gives you access to over 45,000 audiobooks. Along with your favorite novels, you can hear autobiographies, textbooks, and other literary works read out loud. This app is a must-have for those who have long commutes, take a lot of road trips, or simply enjoy reading. When you access an audiobook, you can hear it clearly throughout the entire vehicle with the help of Mazda’s impressive speaker system. The Audible app is free, although you need to pay a small monthly membership fee to get access to all of its audiobooks.
The free MyMazda app is designed to keep you connected to helpful resources for your vehicle. When you visit the app, you can view your vehicle’s service history and see its recommended maintenance schedule. This feature can help you remember how often to get your vehicle serviced and the specific services it needs. Use the app to easily schedule your next service appointment at your local Mazda dealership.
The MyMazda app also gives you access to special offers, deals, promotions, and coupons that can help you save on your vehicle’s regular maintenance and repairs. The app also has built-in safety features that can help you get roadside assistance. This feature is useful if you were ever to break down on the side of the road. It can get you connected with a technician so that you can get back on the road sooner.
Although Mazda Connect already has a built-in GPS navigation system, some drivers like to download additional navigation apps based on their own personal preferences. One of these apps that has grown in popularity is called Waze. Users love it for its ability to provide you with multiple routes to almost any location. It automatically updates in the event of traffic jams, construction, police presence, and stopped cars to get you on the fastest route.
Spotify has become a household name in the world of streaming. What started off as a handy little app that plays your favorite music has turned into something much bigger. Users can build their own playlists, share music with friends, stream audiobooks and podcasts, listen to the latest hits, and so much more.
Although the app is free, you can get many more features when you sign up for Spotify Premium. Premium features include ad-free music, the ability to download music, and unlimited skips. Plus, you can choose any song you want to play. While driving in your Mazda, you can easily access all of your favorite tunes.
Do you ever avoid busy areas simply because parking is too much of a hassle? If so, the Parkopedia is definitely an app you need to use through Mazda Connect. The app helps drivers find parking near their destination. It also tells you how much parking will cost and whether your spot is available, saving you time, money, and the headache of driving around in circles. You can also use the app to reserve parking in advance, so your spot is open waiting for you.
In order to stay safe on the road, you need to know about the upcoming weather conditions. With the AccuWeather app, you can get live updates and severe weather warnings. Along with accurate weather updates, the app also lets you know the difference between how the weather looks and how it actually feels. If you want even more detailed information, check out the app’s updates on the dew point, UV index, air quality index, allergy, and precipitation reports.
Now that you know all about Mazda Connect, it’s time to see it for yourself. Stop by Hiley Mazda of Fort Worth to get behind the wheel of an all-new Mazda.