Back in 2010, it was predicted that over 90% of cars newly released onto the market in 2016 would have Bluetooth. This estimate has certainly come true.
With so many technological advances cropping up in our cars as the years go by, it can be difficult to keep up with everything. In simple terms, Bluetooth is a form of wireless technology that allows the user to exchange data over a short distance. Specifically designed to avoid the mess and confusion of wires, Bluetooth has fast become one of the world’s most-used forms of communication and connectivity, so it’s no wonder it’s found its way into our cars!
If your car has been blessed with the addition of Bluetooth but you’re unsure of how it works or how to connect your smartphone, here’s a simple explanation and a few easy tips to get you connected next time you drive.
How does it actually work?
As mentioned, Bluetooth is responsible exchanging data and connecting devices over short distances. So, it’s primary function in a car is to allow the driver to make and receive phone calls completely hands free.
The Bluetooth connection in some higher-end vehicles can even read out any emails or messages your phone receives, further emphasizing the benefits of its hands-free nature. Try this website to get an idea of the vehicle type that will likely offer this feature.
As opposed to wires, Bluetooth makes use of radio waves to form connections. In addition to completely eliminating the potential mess wires can cause, it’s also significantly safer as you won’t run the risk of any unwanted wires getting caught in your vital car controls.
In order for your smartphone and car to be successfully connected, your vehicle’s Bluetooth control center is responsible for this – it successfully transmits the radio waves from your car to your phone (and vice versa) so ensure a consistent and stable connection when needed.
Connecting your smartphone
Both Android and Apple iPhones can be easily connected to car Bluetooth, but the mechanisms for connecting each one slightly differ. But, before connecting either of these smartphones, it’s essential you have the most up-to-date software installed to ensure your phone is fully compatible with your car’s Bluetooth connection.
For Android, simply launch the Android Auto feature and follow the on-screen instructions. Once connected, your phone will block you from using apps whilst driving to ensure maximum safety. Instead, you’re required to tell your phone what to do by speaking to it.
For iPhones, simply plug your phone into your Bluetooth-connected car and your phone’s screen will automatically switch to hands-free Bluetooth mode. Similarly to Android, you’re able to control your phone simply using your voice but, if you have a higher-end car, it’s likely you can control your phone using the dials and controls on your car’s dashboard.
Bluetooth is often considered a vital part of the modern-day person’s life, and it’s not hard to see why! Should you choose to make use of your car’s Bluetooth mechanism, you will not only avoid the nuisance of wires but will also discover a whole new side to your phone you may have never seen before.