Yesterday at the Google IO Android Auto was announced. It is basically a way for you to use your Android device safely in your car.
Having smartphones around in our cars is something that can be very helpful. Especially for navigation, but also as our one stop entertainment system. But lets face it, fiddling with our phones while piloting a car is maybe not the best idea in the world.
Ideally I think the best thing for driver safety would be if were not allowed to use them at all. But lets face it I don’t think that is ever going to happen. Technology is making our lives easier no matter where we are. That’s why it is a good idea to make a interface that puts safety in the front seat.
What Google has done with Android Auto is to make it possible to use our phones in a way that minimised the risks of using smartphones in cars.
As you can see from the photo above the interface is custom made to make it easy to access navigation, entertainment and calling. Just about all the things you should ever have to access while operating a vehicle. The best part is that it is voice operated. You can even link your phone to bigger screen in the car so you won’t have to keep looking at that “tiny” screen while driving.
Android Auto will be a part of the new Android update, codenamed “L” for the time being. It will be interesting to see if the new version will keep the “L” name or if Google will continue using the candy names for the new versions. So far the best guesses we have heard is : Lollipop, Licorice and Lime.
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