Google introduced a couple of updates to Android Auto, together with a brand new dashboard for Google Assistant driving mode.
Earlier this yr, Google shut down the standalone “Android Auto for Cellphone Screens” app with Android 12. As an alternative, Android telephone house owners at the moment are beneficial to make use of the Google Assistant driving mode accessible inside Google Maps or the native Android Auto interface accessible in choose automobiles.
For Android clients with older automobiles who use their telephones for navigation and different capabilities, Google Assistant driving mode now consists of “glanceable, tappable playing cards” with music, textual content messages, and different continuously used apps collected multi functional place. Prospects will be capable to use voice instructions like “Hey Google, let’s drive” to open the brand new driving mode dashboard, lowering the necessity to futz along with your telephone.
Google says that is designed to make sure drivers hold their eyes on the street and never on their telephones. Drivers can even have their incoming textual content messages learn out loud to them utilizing voice management.
There are additionally new updates to Android Auto, which mirrors your smartphone’s show in your automotive’s infotainment display screen. Drivers can choose which apps they wish to see once they first plug their telephone into their automotive (or when it connects through Bluetooth). This is also designed to chop down on driver distraction.
Distraction is a serious drawback for drivers, particularly as infotainment methods grow to be flashier and extra difficult. A latest research discovered that drivers deciding on music with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto had slower response occasions than those that have been excessive from smoking pot. Google has been attempting to work its approach by this drawback for a number of years now, however they’ve but to reach at a definitive answer.
When their automotive is safely parked, Android Auto clients can play video games from GameSnacks proper on their automotive’s show. For many who don’t acknowledge the title, GameSnacks is Google’s sequence of HTML5-based browser video games that are supposed to be straightforward to load and play on practically any gadget.
Lastly, Google introduced that Android Auto customers will quickly be capable to use Google Pay to pay for gasoline. After pulling right into a gasoline station, drivers want solely choose their pump quantity on the display screen and Google Pay will do the remainder. (After all, they’ll nonetheless must get out of the automotive and pump their gasoline; Google hasn’t found out tips on how to automate that but.)
Automakers have been constructing fee choices into their automobiles for years now. For instance, Chevrolet has a cope with Shell that lets drivers pay for gasoline from their automobile’s infotainment display screen. However this function has but to go mainstream.
The brand new Google Pay function might be accessible at 32,500 gasoline stations within the US beginning with Exxon and Mobil stations, with Shell, Conoco, Phillips 66, and 76 stations coming quickly.