Google unveils voice-controlled Android Auto
With Android Auto on your phone, you can access navigation, traffic info in your car
Computerworld - SAN FRANCISCO -- Google is bringing its Android mobile operating system to one more thing that you use every day -- your car.
During its annual Google I/O developers conference today, the company announced that it's working on what it dubbed Android Auto, a platform that uses voice activation to give drivers access to navigation, traffic updates and their music.
With the help of Android apps on your smartphone, your car soon will operate like another Android device.
"It looks and feels like it's part of the car, but all of the apps are running on the phone," Google director of engineering Patrick Brady said during the conference's opening keynote session. "This makes it a personalized experience."
Google announced that the Android Auto SDK (software development kit), with a full set of APIs for audio and messaging apps, is in the works. Android Auto is set to be released later this year.
"We're really excited to bring these great experiences into the car, but we want developers to come along for the ride," Brady said. "Wouldn't it be great if building an app for your car was as easy as building an app for your smartphone?"
Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, said this is a great move for Google to make.
"I like Android Auto a lot," he said. "It is helping to fix the biggest issue in the car -- paying attention. The linchpin is the quality of the speech command and control, which is improving, but not great."
Moorhead said he also likes the fact that the apps will reside on the user's phone, instead of directly in the car.
"Drivers want the latest and greatest apps and don't like watching car apps age over time," he said. "Google's approach is solid, since it ensures you get the latest apps even if your car is five years old."
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