With all the advanced technology we’re seeing in the automotive industry these days, it’s no wonder Google wants to jump on board and outfit cars with something spectacular. At Google’s annual I/O developer’s conference this week, the tech giant revealed its new mobile interface, named Android Auto, which will turn your car into an extension of your Android-operated mobile device.
Android Auto will serve as an in-dash control system for your smartphone. Once drivers plug in their Android device, their dashboard replicates the display screen of their smartphone. The Android operating system will be able to do anything your phone can do. Voice-activated technology will allow drivers to make calls, dictate text messages and use Google Play Music. In addition, Google Maps will serve as the vehicles’ in-dash navigational system.
According to Google, this will diminish the amount of distracted drivers on the road.
“Android Auto is completely voice-enabled, so that you can keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road,” said Patrick Brady, director of engineering for Android.
Major automakers, including Hyundai, Nissan and Honda, have already committed to installing Android Auto in future vehicles, with models having the in-dash control system by the end of 2014. While it’s unknown which automaker will be the first to release a model featuring Android Auto, Hyundai has confirmed the mobile interface will be included in the 2015 Sonata. Car buyers still have a few months to wait before the completely redesigned 2015 Sonata is available for purchase, but we have an expansive selection of other forward-thinking Hyundai models available at our Hyundai dealership in Algonquin.