Google just unveiled Android Auto-its in-car interface service at Google I/O 2014. It is developed by the Open Automotive Alliance (comprising of Google itself, Audi AG, General Motors Co., Honda Motor Co., Hyundai Motor Group and NVIDIA Corp.). The idea behind Android Auto is to ensure that users aren’t switching between the mobile and the steering wheel while driving.

Android Auto is the Google’s answer to Apple’s CarPlay which also supports Siri-based contextual voice commands for making calls, sending and receiving messages.Well, note that your car will not run Android OS. Android Auto runs on your smartphone and provides users with a simplified Android user interface directly on the dashboard of their cars. It allows them to access features like navigation, communication, and listening to music.

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Android Auto is absolutely voice-enabled utilizing Google’s Voice Search feature. It brings “the right information right when you need it” directly on your car’s dashboard. Users should just tap a button on their steering wheel for enabling Android Auto’s voice search. However, they can also control Google’s auto-centric service by pressing the touchscreen buttons on their dashboards. Speaking of navigation, Android Auto also supports full Google Maps experience, turn-by-turn navigation, and also gives personalized suggestions about possible destinations.

Similar to Google Now,users can also send text messages by tapping a button and verbally interacting with Android Auto. They can also access their Google Play Music playlists and curated music libraries. Google is also bringing some music-streaming apps to Android Auto such as Songza, Pandora,TuneIn, iHeartRadio and others. radio and music streaming apps.

Google has also introduced Android Auto APIs, where app developers can ensure that an app designed for smartphones runs on Android Auto as well. The SDK for Android Auto will be available later this year. Google is now partnering with over 40 car manufacturers including Bentley, Ferrari, Audi, Ford, Nissan, Mazda, Suzuki and others, which will support Android Auto.

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