Porsche picks CarPlay for new 2017 911 Carrera/Carrera S, does thumbs-down on Android Auto

Yeah, this is a 2016 model. But it's the Lava Orange color I want. Thank you.

Yeah, this is a 2016 model. But it's the Lava Orange color I want. Thank you.

The latest generation of Porsche's iconic 911 Carrera and Carrera S will be supporting only one infotainment system -- Apple's CarPlay. The carmaker could have done what so many other manufacturers are doing, giving auto buyers a choice between CarPlay and Google's Android Auto. But Porsche decided against it, according to Motor Trend, because of Google's tendency to gather too much data for nefarious uses.

Google wants any car manufacturer that uses Android Auto to agree to hand over information from the onboard diagnostic unit (AKA OBD2) relating to vehicle speed, throttle position, coolant and oil temperature, engine RPM and more. CarPlay only wants to know if a vehicle is in motion. 

Motor Trend wonders if Google is using that data collection to grab intelligence from established car makers and using it for its electric car project. It's not out of the question, but certainly seems like a tinfoil hat idea. 

For the record, when Apple World Today becomes a huge success thanks to our readers and sponsors, I'll take my 911 in the Lava Orange color. Thank you.