Back in June 2013, Google debuted Android Auto. This operating system is suppose to connect your car dashboard to your car for easy use, convenience and connected consumer experience in all aspects of life. 40 auto manufacturers have signed on to the Android Auto platform. And at CES 2015 event, the platform was one of the major highlights and some announcements by a handful of auto makers were made.
Hyundai was one of the car manufacturers to demonstrate how its incorporating the platform into its new vehicles. Under the name BlueLink and in partnership with Viper car alarms and starters, Hyundai has not only brought Android Auto into its cars but has even created an app to complement it. However, the OS platform is not the heart of the vehicle’s software but merely an application that works in the Hyundai software. This is to ensure that all systems in the cars still work even without a smartphone.
Volkswagen was another manufacturer to come front and centre on the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay platform. The company has only mentioned the Golf has a confirmed vehicle to be participating on the platform. The system within the new vehicles by Volkswagen will feature MirrorLink which allows HTC, LG, Sony and Samsung smartphone to be integrated onto the system. On top of this, the car maker is planning on releasing Android Apps to help lock doors and check on battery levels.
A new smartwatch by LG was also debuted and it was funded by Audi so this might be another break through in bringing Android Auto to consumers for convenience and ease.
For those of you not buying a car anytime soon, fret not. Manufacturers of stereo head units such as Kenwood, Panasonic and Pioneer have plans in the works to bring Android Auto to you without you needing to buy a brand new ride. Parrot has also announced its latest RNB6. RNB6 has made a 7-inch touch panel for users Running a base layer of Android Auto software, enhancements have also been added to support CarPlay.
Are you excited to see what 2015 has in store for CarPlay and Android Auto? We’re waiting for more manufacturers to jump on board and see how each one brings the OS into their vehicles.