- Playing music from a smartphone or mp3 player through the car speakers
- Streaming music services like Slacker, Pandora, Spotify and iHeartRadio through the car speakers
- Getting news and sports updates
- Searching for places based on current location
- Social Media
Car manufacturers that include these new applications often categorize them as "technology" or "audio connectivity" under the features section when browsing their vehicles. The applications supported vary by manufacturer and can change yearly. Luckily, there are only a couple of ways for a smartphone or tablet device to connect to the car. Devices can be connected wirelessly using Bluetooth, or directly using a USB cable.