The new Car mode on Amazon Music uses a simpler interface with larger text, custom pre-settings, streamlined buttons, and more.
Amazon Music is having a new Car Mode feature to reduce driving distractions with a simplified user interface with larger text, streamlined controls, and more.
Amazon Music has a car-specific mode
According to Engadget, The onboard mode focuses more on swiping than touching to help drivers navigate the app without distractions. It also puts more emphasis on voice control through Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant.
When the app detects a Bluetooth connection to a car, it switches to a simplified interface. The app taps playlists, stations, and pre-order albums, which can be customized. Amazon said this would reduce prolonged browsing time.
If you have an older car without Bluetooth, you can turn on Car Mode manually in the app’s settings. From there, you can also ask Amazon Music to keep your phone from switching to the Lock Screen while in Car Mode.
You’ll find your play controls in the top half of the interface while the bottom half is for proposals that you can easily swipe through. While in Car Mode, Alexa can be activated by pressing a dedicated button in the lower right corner or by using voice commands such as “Hey Alexa, play Queen” or similar.
Car Mode is now available in the latest version of Apple’s Amazon Music for iOS mobile app and Google’s Android software, across all Amazon Music subscription levels.
Similar to Spotify’s Private Car Mode
If this feature seems like an in-car mode similar to Spotify’s mobile app achieved in 2019, it is because — both apps rely on a simple user interface to promote safe driving.
Of course, this feature probably won’t affect people who already use Google’s Android Auto or Apple’s CarPlay infoware. Both Google Auto and CarPlay are well optimized for less-than-minded driving, and they come with support for popular third-party music streaming services.