Android Auto – Driving It Google WayJuly 9, 2014
So what is Android Auto all about you’d ask. Android Auto is the combination of a receiver installed in the car by a manufacturer which needs a smartphone capable of running Android Auto. It’s well thought-out; meaning it’s not just going to mirror your typical Android smartphone UI onto the car’s screen. Connecting with phone to the car will enable Android Auto and all the contents of the phone will be available on the car screen, and will be presented in a customized interface that’s easier to use while driving. Steering mounted controls will also work so that you don’t need to get your hand off the wheel. And for a true hands-free experience, the “Ok Google” command will work just the way it does on your smartphone.
Voice commands are a brilliant way to get things done, think about it. You don’t need to get your hands off the wheel nor your eyes off the road. Simply saying “Ok Google, Navigate Home” will launch maps on Android Auto and it’ll give you turn by turn navigation to your home (provided you’ve stored your home address). It also plays all the songs from your phone. Generally people use dedicated navigation systems for their car and while some manufacturers do provide navigation inbuilt. What Android Auto does is it takes it to the next level by integrating your Android smartphone and voice commands.
As a package Android Auto does a lot more than existing car infotainment systems. I am hoping more participation from the automobile industry to adopt the idea and from car audio manufacturers to get Android Auto to older cars. When will Android Auto make it India? All we can do is wait and watch.