ExplorOz Traveller in CarPlay and Android Auto

Most people seem to be unaware that the selection of navigation apps in CarPlay and Android Auto is limited and that apps like ExplorOz Traveller, Hema Explorer and others are not available. There is a very good reason for this...

The reason is that the platform is designed as a safer way to use your phone while you drive so there are specific restrictions on how the nav app can appear to ensure compliance . The end result is that all map apps can easily appear to function very similarly to each other. This is what Apple/Google ideally wants. For the developers, we cannot simply "submit" our existing App (eg. ExplorOz Traveller) to the CarPlay or Android Auto system - but we would have to completely redesign an entirely new app and the end result would mean the app would have lost all sense of what it is - and of course, as a very small 2 person business it is completely unviable for us to develop a completely new app that wasn't serviceable in the way it currently is.

I've just added a new section with a lot more detail to this issue to our article Comparison of Offline 4WD Maps & GPS Navigation Apps & Software, which was only recently fully updated last month.

Hopefully, this information will clarify why it is unviable for us to offer Traveller in CarPlay/Android Auto.
Michelle Martin
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Reply By: Kazza055 - Friday, Mar 12, 2021 at 11:25

Friday, Mar 12, 2021 at 11:25
Thanks Michelle for you excellent write up, I had always wondered about CarPlay and Android Auto and was meaning to look into the workings of them. Your post has given me the answers I was looking for without me needing to go any further.

I now know if I ever look into buying a new head unit, to get one that is not tied into these two systems.

I am not a ExplorOz Traveller user but would like to be able to use a navigation app of my choice.
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