Android Auto is Google’s in-car infotainment platform which extends the Android experience to your car. The only way it was possible to use Android Auto was to buy one of the many third-party stereos that had support for this platform or get a new car that came with Android Auto baked right in. Google has now made a major change and eliminated the need for a new car or stereo in order to use Android Auto.
Android Auto can now be used on a compatible smartphone. Anyone with a device powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop or up will be able to use Android Auto’s driver friendly interface which provides easy access to key stuff like communications, directions, and music without getting distracted by everything else the phone offers.
When a smartphone is connected to a compatible Android Auto car or when it’s placed in a car mount on the dashboard, the Android Auto platform provides access to apps and services in one place that’s distraction-free. It enables users to stream music from services like Google Play Music, Spotify, and Pandora. It’s also possible to get turn-by-turn directions powered by Google Maps.
The latest update also adds the ability to automatically start the app when the phone is paired with Bluetooth. Support for hands-free voice commands will also be improved in the coming weeks. This will enable drivers to control Android Auto by simply giving out “Ok Google” commands while remaining completely focused on the road ahead.