Android Auto is Android’s own effort to create a better Android experience hooked up to a car infotainment system. Better yet the Android device could be the car’s infotainment system. Everything in one device is the way to go then. The earliest we will see an Android Auto vehicle by its backers is by the end of this year or early next year. Toyota seems like it jumped the gun in Taiwan though with its new Toyota Intelligent System.
Toyota thinks that a car infotainment system might get out of date from time to time and might need new upgrades to replace the old technology. What they created then, in collaboration with Unimax is a new infotainment system that centers around a Google/Asus Nexus 7 tablet. This infotainment system sees the Nexus 7 as a replaceable device in the Toyota Intelligent System (TIS). The Nexus 7 acts as a docked device for the infotainment system. Though it is the Google 7-inches tablet, the Android interface found inside the device is a heavily modified version to accommodate in-car infotainment centric interface. Without the tablet the Toyota can do the simple and plain task like play the radio. It also comes with NFC installed to pair other devices in place of the Asus tablet. But why a Nexus 7? You might ask. Unimax is actually a company owned by Asus so therefore this is more like an Asus and Toyota collaboration. Now instead of a Nexus 7 they might be looking to manufacture their own dockable infotaiment tablet to fit the TIS technology in the near future, also acting as an upgrade.
It is worth keeping in mind though that this technology was announced in Taiwan and not yet available in the market yet. But judging by it, it looks like Taiwan will also get the first taste of TIS before other countries. That said there are no word yet on when it will come into the market or which upcoming or current models will get this technology.
Sources: Android Authority