We get in the car with Android Auto
Android Auto made its way into the spotlight and like Android Wear, the user experience relies on the Google Now card notifications allowing for input responses using the car’s own controls or by voice command.
Through the Open Automotive Alliance, dozens of vehicle manufacturers, from Alfa Romeo to Volvo, are on board to begin offering vehicles with Android Auto as part of the mix. Google had Android Auto on display in a number of vehicles at the developer conference, a small Chevy, a sleek Audi S3, a Ford, and a Honda Civic sedan as well, effectively encompassing the breadth of support Google has behind the initiative.
We got to enjoy our demonstration in the bright red Audi and see the functionality of the Android Auto in action. One interesting factor about Android Auto is that it does not try to be all things to all systems in a vehicle. It does not attempt to take over the heating and air conditioning or other functions. Rather, it consolidates data from your phone and presents what is relevant in a manner that is hopefully less distracting than holding a phone in the hand while still allowing the user to communicate.
Android Auto connects via Bluetooth with an Android phone. The rest as you can see from the demonstration below, is fairly simple. The Google Now UI ensures that not too much information is flooding the screen to distract the driver. It is a nice execution.
All told, this looks like a competent and competitive response to Apple’s CarPlay, and judging by the participation in the Open Automotive Alliance, it looks like the advantage goes to Google.
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1. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Looks like I'll have to jockey into position for a new Ford next year, instead of a used older model like I was originally planning on.
Or maybe I'm just dreaming again.
8. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6139; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
I don't see ford on the list Sniggly heck I don't even see Toyota on their, guess I'll wait till my 05' Toyota is dead and buy a Honda.
9. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
They said in this article that Ford had a vehicle demo at the show, and previously Ford was mentioned as a partner.
3. Gadgety (Posts: 64; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
The panels in the cars get old fast. I would prefer to have a "drive mode" on my 8 inch tablet and a holder instead of this.
4. boosook (Posts: 905; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Not if it's a Google powered device that can be updated to the latest version of Android!
Anyway, it's true that a car can last 10+ years, and the current average life of a tablet is about 2 years... the future is definitely to integrate the car's subsystems with user devices. A sort of BYOD in your own car... :)
5. takay0 (Posts: 144; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)
i got the new audi a3, so how soon can i do this? just open the bluetooth and connect?
10. MyJobSux (Posts: 77; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)
Ford is a possible future partner. Their looking at the Apple version for now but its possible they could eventually offer both. Im not a Ford person but thought I would add that.