This year, it seems that Google is throwing all the meat on the grill to dramatically improve the compatibility and functionality of Android Auto. For example, a web browser arrives, the possibility of sending addresses from your phone and much more.
Chrome and other features are coming to your car
According to information from 9to5 Google, Google made several announcements related to Android Auto and Android Automotive during CES 2024. And there were several interesting announcements related to Android Auto.
First of all, Google is going to launch a Chrome app for Android Auto, which will be able to be opened and used freely when the vehicle is parked. This application maintains the user interface of the tablet version of Chrome, with the search bar at the top and bookmarks synchronized with your account. The beta version of the app is already available on some Polestar and Volvo cars, but it is expected to arrive on more models later this year.
Other new additions include allowing electric vehicles to share real-time information about their remaining battery with Google Maps. This will allow the navigation app to display the estimated battery level when you arrive at your destination. It will also suggest charging stops and estimate how long it will take to charge your car. This feature will be implemented first on the Ford Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning models in the coming months.
A feature was also introduced that allows you to send a planned route from your phone to the Google Maps app on the car screen, with just one tap. When looking at the directions on Android or iOS, a “Send to Car” option will appear next to the Start button. Then, in your vehicle, this route will be marked as “Sent from the phone”.
Finally, the arrival of new apps such as PBS Kids and Crunchyroll was also revealed. In addition, the integration with Google will start coming to more Nissan, Ford and Lincoln models this year, and it was promised that it will also come to Porsche in the future. Support for the Android digital key will start coming to certain Volvo cars very soon, but it is expected to expand to more phone and car brands in the future.
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