Google’s Android Auto In-Car System is Finally Hitting the Road

Google’s Android Auto In-Car System is Finally Hitting the Road

A demonstration of Android Auto is given during the Google I/O 2014 keynote presentation in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. As the Internet giant's Android operating system stretches into cars, homes and smartwatches, this year's annual confab will expand on its usual focus on smartphones and tablets. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
A demonstration of Android Auto is given during the Google I/O 2014 keynote presentation in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. As the Internet giant’s Android operating system stretches into cars, homes and smartwatches, this year’s annual confab will expand on its usual focus on smartphones and tablets. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

 

(Mashable) – Google has announced Android Auto is now available in compatible cars across the United States, UK and Australia.

Android Auto is a system that works with an Android 5.0+ device and a car’s head unit or infotainment system to allow a driver to call, get directions, listen to music and a range of other functions.

According to a statement by the company, the first integrated units available in the U.S. are Pioneer’s AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX, and AVH-4100NEX aftermarket systems, in the UK are the AVIC-F77DAB, AVIC-F70DAB, AVH-X8700BT models and in Australia drivers need to snap up Pioneer’s AVIC-F70DAB and AVH-X8750BT systems.

Android Auto is built to minimize the amount of glances and button presses by the driver, and is designed to appear more like a typical in-car system rather than a mobile device. It will integrate the apps on your Android device along with loads of Google features such as Maps, Search, Play Music and voice. It also supports a range of popular music apps, outside Google Play Music, such as Pandora and Spotify.

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