What’s New in Android Auto
Lyft has integrated its app directly into Android Auto for drivers, it will allow drivers to view and accept rides right from their car’s screen. Meaning there is no need for a secondary device, which will make a much nicer Lyft driving experience.
For the groupies of the wireless Android Auto experience, that do not have a compatible head unit, Motorola is releasing in the next following weeks the MA1 wireless adapter which will allow for units to support wireless Android Auto. No-tag price announced yet.
What’s New in Android Automotive
For Android Automotive, starting this spring, users will be able to check on and adjust additional car settings simply by asking “OK Google”. For example, you’d be able to check when you’re due for your next service appointment.
Later this year, selected models of Volvo vehicles will be the first to access video entertainment services like YouTube, so long as the car is parked.
New apps will be supported in the following weeks. Google says that users will be able to use navigation apps Sygic and Flitsmeister, charging apps ChargePoint and PlugShare, as well as parking apps such as SpotHero and ParkWhiz downloaded directly to their vehicles.
Digital car key: Devices with Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology will be allowed to unlock your car without taking your phone out from your pocket at all, as well as securely and remotely share your digital car key with your trusted friends and family.
Remote actions: Users will be allowed to integrate directly with the Google Home ecosystem. Users will be allowed to use Google Assistant to warm up or cool down their car, lock and unlock it, and check on the status of things like your battery charge, tire pressure, and fuel status from the comfort of your home. These capabilities are coming first to selected Volvo vehicles, with more brands to follow.