Android Auto slowly democratizes itself in the automotive world. As more and more car manufacturers want to incorporate it into their models, most manufacturers have already become partners in the project. French, we find obviously Citroen, Peugeot and Renault.
Question 1: How does Android Auto work?
It is very important to note one thing: like connected watches, it is necessary to use your smartphone to use Android Auto. This is not an independent system, the data come necessarily from your smartphone. In other words, the car's system simply reads the information that your phone sends to it, such as music. It is also funny to say that the operating system of the car is not Android, but it does not matter since you connect to your phone.
Just like for smartphones / tablets, Google allows developers to create their own apps, they are then downloaded via the Play Store and then used via the car.
Question 2: What is the use of Android Audio?
As explained in the previous paragraph, Android Auto allows the car to communicate with your smartphone (or tablet). The use is focused on the automobile and driving, then on some extras.
So we find the GPS first line, besides Waze will play a consistent role since the start-up has been bought by Google already a few times, and this application is one of the most popular in the field. Integrated Android Auto, the Waze application can be notified in real time traffic conditions, which is a feature not-negligible, you will agree.
For driving comfort, Android Auto also allows music playback, including via online reading services such as Spotify. Why not a video access on the screen, for the passenger right of the driver?
It is also possible to access the telephony service, this being said it is a sensitive subject in some countries where it is frowned upon, even illegal, to call the wheel. Access to messaging services may also be a problem. We will return to these problems in the fourth point.
Question 3: Who wins what?
Android connects three players: Google / Android, developers and users. In short, the American glove gives developers the opportunity to create applications for users who, thanks to them, can use them.
Of course, users have an application that is useful to them and that can facilitate / improve their driving or their daily driving. Developers gain the recognition of users, even get to know / work their brand, and of course they earn money from purchases or via advertising.
Google has a long term project with Android Auto
What does Google win? Information about you: where are you going, what time, if not why. Their goal is then to adapt your lifestyle to offer the best solutions, for example if you go to the mall every Saturday 14h, Google could offer you to add your agenda, offer various applications and of course, adapt the publicities. This data collection could also be used for the unmanned driving project. In any case, Google has a plan for Android Auto, and it's just getting started.
Question 4: Is it dangerous to use Android Auto?
It should not be forgotten that each country has different rules of conduct. For example, France prohibits all types of drivers, even if it is only to listen to music, while Belgium does not prohibit the hands-free kit. So, of course, if you put in some headphones, it does not have anything to do with Android. Google would not offer us a product that is inherently dangerous, but its use can be dangerous in some situations and may lead to some problems with the law.
Android Auto focuses on comfort and safety through certain points. It adapts the driving, everything must be intuitive because driving must be fast. Thus, the interface is pure, easy access and obviously the development of the voice interface is a flagship project of this industry. The screen also benefits from an adaptation: the amount of text displayed must be reduced to the maximum in order to avoid the problems of deconcentration and, of course, not to lose a second.
How do you imagine the future of Android Auto? What is Google's long-term goal with this project?
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