There used to be a time when your phone remained a separate entity from all your other devices. Those days are over, and today’s smartphones are required to seamlessly integrate into every aspect of our lives – from the moment we wake up to the second our heads hit the pillow at night.  Mitsubishi is about to join the ranks of manufacturers allowing users to integrate their smartphones into their cars. The 2016 Pajero SUV will be the first Mitsubishi model to integrate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Apple CarPlay bills itself as “a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car. CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car’s built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road. Just plug in your iPhone and go.” Similarly, Android Auto is “designed with safety in mind. With a simple and intuitive interface, integrated steering wheel controls, and powerful new voice actions, it's designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road."

The platform will be called SDA or Smartphone Link Display Audio system, and will allow for smart devices to connect via USB cable. It will allow users to deliver controls via voice command, make selections via touchscreen or steering wheel control, as well as access popular smartphone applications such as iHeartRadio and Spotify.