Gaia GPS is heading to Google’s Android Auto in-car operating system
Gaia GPS launches compatibility with Android Auto, Google’s in-car operating system, making Outside, Inc. the first backcountry navigation app designed for the service. Android Auto technology supports some of the most widely available infotainment systems in the automotive industry.
The partnership allows users to access any available Gaia GPS map and display it on their vehicle’s infotainment screen. Maps such as Satellite, Gaia Topo, Nat Geo Trails Illustrated, MUVM and many more can be extracted online or offline with detailed instructions.
Gaia GPS allows drivers to locate themselves off the grid, away from cell service, with directions to secondary roads, a feature not available on Google or Apple Maps. Users will then be able to transition to using the app on foot, continuing with the ability to navigate and identify landmarks.
Providing users with off-road and land maps, Gaia GPS notifies users of seasonal restrictions and trail closures, public and private land designations, rainfall and wildfire forecasts, and topographic maps from the US Geological Survey. and the US Forest Service.
Ground vehicle drivers will be able to view these maps safely on their heads-up device rather than having to reference a magnified view from their phone or tablet while driving.
“The Gaia GPS development team took to the trails navigating back roads to develop and thoroughly test all of Android Auto’s new features and capabilities,” said Sasha Heinen, Software Engineer and Project Manager Android Auto, in a press release. “We can’t expect users to do the same.”
Android Auto has already enabled users to find directions on Google Maps or other map apps and receive real-time alerts, with Gaia GPS now filling the gap for offline capability.
The move follows the app’s release of its compatibility with Apple CarPlay in February 2020.
Originally launched as an outdoor research website, Gaia GPS was acquired by Outside Interactive, Inc. in 2021.
Two years ago, Ford announced its Satnav Breadcrumbs feature for its Ranger lineup, which allows drivers to return to established roads after turning into unfamiliar terrain using its SYNC 3 operating system. , the feature drops a virtual pin every second a driver is off-road, giving them a map back to their starting position.
The Gaia application remains available for all Android Auto and Apple CarPlay users.