Google’s Android Auto Introduces a Whole New Interface for Your Car [w/Video]
Google may have just changed the way you use your car’s dash (if you own an Android device). Unlike clunky touchscreen and infotainment systems of past, Google’s Android Auto is the next big thing in the automotive technology department. But what is it? Essentially you plug in your Android device, and your car’s display will mirror an interface of apps that are running from your phone. You can then use voice controls or buttons and dials in your car to use the system. Functionality ranges from voice-controlled navigation to hands-free messaging, and anywhere in-between. PHOTOS: See More of the 2014 Google Self-Driving Car Prototype
Even the list of automotive partners in this project is a deep one: Acura, Alfa, Audi, Bentley, Chevy, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jeep, Kia, Maserati, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, Ram, Renault, Seat, Subaru, Volkswagen and Volvo. With all these automakers on board, it’s expected to be ready later in the year.
Other automakers like BMW, Porsche, Toyota and Mercedes have all already committed to Apple’s new CarPlay system, which is expected to be available later in the year as well.
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Between Apple's CarPlay and Android Auto, the infotainment wars have officially begun. The real question is- which system will allow all operating systems to coexist? We suspect an all-encompassing system will win out, and it won't come from Apple or Google.