|Initial release||March 19, 2015|
|Operating system||Android 5.0+ ("Lollipop")|
Android Auto is a telematics standard developed by Google to allow mobile devices running the Android operating system (version 5.0 "Lollipop" and later) to be operated in automobiles through the dashboard's head unit. Android Auto was announced on June 25, 2014, at Google I/O 2014. The Android Auto mobile app was released on March 19, 2015.
The standard offers drivers control over GPS mapping/navigation, music playback, SMS, telephony, and web search; both touchscreen and button-controlled head unit displays will be supported, although hands-free operation through voice commands is emphasized to ensure safe driving. Compatible apps include Google Maps, Google Play Music, MLB at Bat, Spotify, Songza, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, and TuneIn.
The aim of Android Auto is to extend the functionality of an Android mobile device in an automobile to the dashboard's head unit. In order to use the system, users must be running Lollipop on their mobile device and must own a vehicle supporting Android Auto. The driver's Android device connects to the vehicle via USB cable. Rather than running its own operating system, the head unit will serve as an external display for the Android device, which runs all of the software, by presenting a car-specific user interface built into Lollipop.
Several functions are supported:
An Android Auto software development kit (SDK) will be released to developers soon, allowing third parties to modify their apps to work with Android Auto; APIs will be only available for music and messaging apps initially.
Car hardware support
With Android Auto, a driver's mobile device will have access to several of the automobile's sensors and inputs:
|Car hardware||Available to mobile device|
|GPS and high-quality GPS antennas||Yes|
|Car data||Under development|
Partnering manufacturers and suppliers
Automobile manufacturers that will be offering Android Auto in their cars include Abarth, Acura, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Bentley, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jeep, Kenwood, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, Pioneer, RAM, Renault, SEAT, Škoda, Subaru, Suzuki, Volkswagen, Volvo.
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