Android Auto is Google’s solution that extends the functionality of an Android smartphone to an automobile by giving the driver access to maps, music, information, telephone, and messaging via the vehicle’s infotainment/dashboard system. The idea is to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road while driving.
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Here are a few things you should know about it:
- Everything on Android Auto is tied to your smartphone. You need an app installed on your phone to use it. All your information and files stay on your phone. All information is presented via a car-specific user interface on your vehicle’s dashboard.
- You can’t use your phone while it is plugged in. The idea is to keep you from distractions. Once your phone is plugged in it becomes unusable. Only tasks available via Android Auto can be accessed through your car system.
- It relies heavily on voice commands. Yes; so you can keep your hands on the steering wheel and your eyes on the road, all you have to do is speak.
- You need a phone running Android 5.0 or newer
- Many cars already have systems that are compatible with it via the car entertainment system, so ask your car dealer. Brands like Pioneer and JVC/Kenwood suppport Android Auto. If you drive a car with a system by those brands or other supported brands installed, you can get the system updated right away and start enjoying Android Auto.
- The first car to have Android Auto integrated directly is the 2015 Hyundai Sonata.
- Other manufacturers with Android Auto cars in production include Honda, Volkswagen, Skoda, and Chevrolet.
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