The Amazon Music app for iOS and Android now comes with an optional car mode that provides a simplified interface that can launch automatically as soon as you connect to your car’s Bluetooth system.
This looks like an ideal solution for those who do not have an infotainment system that is compatible with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, but want to stream music from Amazon Music while driving. According to an email from Amazon’s PR partner, the new feature was designed to “limit extensive browsing while driving”. Curiously, however, on the webpage promoting Car Mode, Amazon warns its customers not to “interact with this app while operating your vehicle.” Which naturally raises the question: Why give the app a car mode at all?
As if this warning was not sufficiently direct, the page comes with an even more horrifying statement: “Interaction with the Amazon Music app while driving is dangerous and can result in serious injury, death, or property damage.”
The Car Mode interface provides a large, easy-to-use set of playback controls at the top of the screen, with a series of large-font preset buttons at the bottom that can be used to access favorite playlists, stations, or albums. Amazon Music also includes Alexa voice command functionality, allowing you to simply tell Alexa to control your tunes – perhaps a less risky way to interact with the app while driving.
While the new mode is intended to launch automatically, when your phone reconnects to your car’s Bluetooth, you can manually move in and out of the car mode at any time, and it will work fine even if There is no Bluetooth system in your car.