At this week’s CES 2023, Google brought its new Android Auto technology to the world’s largest tradeshow, a new option for Android phone users to connect to navigation, music and communication.
Google said Google Maps is now closer in the driver’s seat and lets users quickly access recently used apps. Android Auto is compatible with all major carmakers with a split screen layout on the display that is adaptable to different screen sizes.
Included in the new design for automakers is Google Assistant, providing suggestions, missed call reminders, quick arrival time sharing, access to music and podcasts and on-screen shortcuts to speed up message replies and calls.
Specifically, Android Auto:
- Provides high-quality maps and navigation through the Waze App for Renault vehicles and is also being included in more cars with Google built-in such as in Volvo’s new EX90 and the Polestar 3.
- Offers entertainment options to watch Tubi, MGM+, Youtube and more.
- Will be coming to other brands such as Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac and Renault with Ford and Lincoln coming later in 2023.
Working with smartphones
Google said it is working with Samsung and other Android smartphone makers to enable calls using WhatsApp with Android Auto and port the special features from each phone to the system.
Users can share the digital key across Pixel and iPhones and key sharing will also come to Samsung and Xiaomi users.
Android Auto is already supported on BMW and Google said more car brands will be coming soon.
CES 2023 takes place this week in Las Vegas.