Google Auto

Today at Google I/O 2014, Android Auto was announced as a means for drivers to access the full breadth of Android apps with total hands-free usage, though there's also a dash touchscreen interface. Obvious apps where this could come in helpful include GPS navigation, communication, and music.

Directions are spoken out loud as you progress towards your destination. Incoming messages are read out loud to you and show as heads-up notifications. The steering wheel voice button can be used to instantly reply. Your Android handset broadcasts the customized interface to the car display on the fly. The overview screen provides contextually relevent information from Google Now and other apps, all with the same fidelity and functionality of their mobile and web counterparts.

An SDK is being made available soon so developers can build out their own automotive apps. 40 brands have already signed up to use Android Auto.

Be sure to follow our ongoing Google I/O keynote liveblog! More information can be found at the Android Auto minisite. What do you guys think? Would an Android-enabled dashboard sell you a car?

 

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Android Auto introduces mobile app ecosystem to the car

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I can't WAIT until the aftermarket gets a hold of this! My head unit needs to be replaced and I was waiting for something like this to be announced.

I need these features last month. You know? I forgot for like 5 days to get a hair cut and I've often forgot to get gas. If it can remind you around the time you would be near the gas station, that would be awesome.

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I've been using Ford MyTouch on my '14 Taurus. It's okay, but the touchscreen feels like the screens on old HTC Windows Mobile phones. Not responsive enough. I would gladly welcome Googs to my car, as long as they have a hand in the hardware as well.

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