Google Android Auto Announced, Expect First Cars by Year’s End!
Before Google I/O we talked about the Android Auto, here and how it would compete with Apple’s CarPlay. We also talked about what we expected and how many car makers are already in the boat of Google’s Android Auto. With the launch of Android Auto Google and its partners in the Open Automotive alliance has already promised that by we consumers should be able to own a selection of cars that are fitted with Android Auto. While normal car makers would just take Google’s Android Auto and drop it into the car’s infotainment with minimal modifications, Audi will be taking its time tinkering around the system and would include the Android Auto in their very own Audi MMI infotainment layout.
As we have written before the Google I/O the Android Auto will not be an independent infotainment system for the car. It will be very dependent on your own smartphone with Android. The display on your dash would display whatever information that you need from the phone as you connect your device to the car. With Android Auto you can control the functions of your device in the car and the best part is that it is all voice controlled. Why voice controlled? It’s all part of an effort by Google to make driving safer for mobile phone owners, so that the drivers can focus on the road while still having access to certain functions of the phone. As with any infotainment system Android Auto also controls your music on your phone for you, again by voice. Google says they are currently working with Spotify and Songza for the in car music interface.
Right now that is the basic stuff that you would be able to do in your car with Google’s Android Auto. But Google, being Google will allow and encourage developers to develop in-car apps for you to download. I guess driving in the future with Android Auto will be far from boring then.