Google’s Android Automotive operating system is coming to Honda cars in 2022 – TechCrunch

A host of features are being added to Google’s Android Auto experience, and the company’s automotive operating system will come to more cars, including, for the first time, Honda vehicles from 2022.

Google launched its Android Auto app in 2015, allowing drivers to establish a connected connection between their smartphone and their vehicle’s stereo system to listen to music from the device, read detailed directions aloud from Maps and take calls via sound. system. Over the next six years, both Android Auto and the infotainment systems they run on have gotten a lot smarter. Google on Thursday announced that it will roll out even more features and capabilities for drivers, whether they use Android Auto on their phones or directly through their cars.

While Android Auto was designed to minimize driver distractions while on the road, the initial connection of the phone to the infotainment or stereo system has so far been a whole lot. You have to make sure the bluetooth radio is live on your phone, then coax the vehicle to recognize and pair with the device, then remember the myriad of spoken commands to trick Android Auto into doing this. that you actually want. But not anymore ! Drivers will soon be able to effectively automate the tethering process by simply saying “Hey Google, let’s drive”.

Additionally, Google has redesigned the automatic user interface to allow access to a multitude of content sources including Amazon Music, Audible, iHeartRadio, JioSaavn, Pandora, Podcast Addict, SoundCloud and YouTube Music with one-click accessibility as well. as the system read. incoming text messages aloud and allow the driver to respond by voice. Expect to see these new features arriving in the coming weeks in English-speaking markets as well as Germany, Spain, Mexico, France and Italy.

And for international travelers using dual-SIM phones, Android Auto will allow you to set up separate business and personal profiles and view their relevant contact lists and calendar appointments, depending on the time and reason. for which they are driving.

For vehicles with on-board screens, Android Auto (the mirror version, not what you’ll find on the Polestar 2 or the XC40 refill) will soon offer some new features, such as games. Google is partnering with GameSnacks to give drivers quick and fun detours to play while the vehicle is parked. Finally, the end of catastrophic scrolling when sitting in public parking lots. Conversely, Google is making payment for gasoline less interactive. Just say “Ok Google, pay for gasoline” for the vehicle’s infotainment system to make a contactless payment with Google Pay. You have to select the fuel grade and, you know, pump the gas, but still. The feature will be available at Exxon and Mobil gas stations to begin with support for upcoming Shell, Conoco, Phillips 66 and 76 stations.

As for the built-in Android Automotive operating system (like what you’ll find in select Ford, GM, and Volvo vehicles), be prepared to see it in a whole bunch of new makes and models. Google announced Thursday that its latest partner is Honda, which will begin producing vehicles with built-in AAOS from model year 2022, and will soon be available in the Chevy Silverado and Renault Mégane E-Tech.

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Committed.

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