Android Auto is a telematics standard developed by Google to allow mobile devices running the Android operating system (version L and later) to be operated in automobiles through the dashboard's head unit. Android Auto was announced on June 25, 2014, at Google I/O 2014.
The standard will offer drivers control over GPS mapping/navigation, music playback, SMS, telephony, and web search; both touchscreen and button-controlled head unit displays will be supported, although hands-free operation through voice commands will be emphasized to ensure safe driving. Compatible apps include Google Maps, Google Play Music, MLB at Bat, Pandora Radio, Spotify, Songza, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Joyride and TuneIn.
Android Auto is part of the Open Automotive Alliance, which was announced on January 6, 2014, and is a joint effort with 28 automobile manufacturers and mobile tech supplier Nvidia. The first cars supporting Android Auto will be released in late 2014.
The aim of Android Auto is to extend the functionality of an Android mobile device in an automobile to the dashboard's head unit. In order to use the system, users must be running version L of Android on their mobile device and must own a vehicle supporting Android Auto. The driver's Android device connects to the vehicle via USB cable. Rather than running its own operating system, the head unit will serve as an external display for the Android device, which runs all of the software, by presenting a car-specific user interface built into Android L.
Several functions are supported:
An Android Auto software development kit (SDK) will be released to developers soon, allowing third parties to modify their apps to work with Android Auto; APIs will be only available for music and messaging apps initially.
Car hardware supportEdit
With Android Auto, a driver's mobile device will have access to several of the automobile's sensors and inputs:
|Car hardware||Available to mobile device|
|GPS and high-quality GPS antennas|
Partnering car manufacturersEdit
Automobile manufacturers that will be offering Android Auto in their cars include Abarth, Acura, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Bentley, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jeep, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, RAM, Renault, Seat, Škoda, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, VW, Volvo. The first cars with support for Android Auto will become available in late 2014.