Android Auto

Google is now formally denying a report from Motor Trend that Android Auto collects and sends driving data from cars that have the vehicle technology system installed back to the company's servers.

Motor Trend reported a few days ago that Porsche had decided not to use Android Auto inside its 2017 Porsche 911. The story claimed that the car maker made their decision because they said Android Auto collected data on "vehicle speed, throttle position, coolant and oil temp, engine revs" and sent it to Google.

The Guardian has since received a statement from Google denying that story's claims:

"We take privacy very seriously and do not collect the data the Motor Trend article claims such as throttle position, oil temp, and coolant temp. Users opt in to share information with Android Auto that improves their experience, so the system can be hands-free when in drive and provide more accurate navigation through the car's GPS."

TechCrunch added a little more context as well, alluding to a possible mix-up in what an early iteration of Android Auto might have requested in terms of in-car data versus what's actually available today. Android Auto currently can detect whether you're parked, and it can use the car's GPS module when you're using a factory system.

Sources: The Guardian, TechCrunch