Google wasn’t just going to sit back and let Apple take over the car industry with their in-car CarPlay system. Instead, they released a first look for their new Android Auto at this week’s Google I/O that connects your Android phone with your car, allowing your smartphone to work as an in-dash system that controls navigation, music, messaging and more. The news of Android Auto comes off the release of Google’s Open Automotive Alliance that was announced back in January, which is a joint effort with 28 different automakers (including Audi, Honda, GM and Hyundai) and the mobile tech supplier NVIDIA.
Android Auto will be voice activated, allowing you to search for step-by-step directions, find songs and more without having to take your hands off the wheel. It’ll also bring your full music library to your car and will ready any text messages that your receive while driving. You’ll also be able to dictate reply messages to send back, providing more safety than having to fumble with your phone while driving.
To set up, users will just need to plug their Android phone into the micro-USB cable wired into the car, with the possibility of a wireless solution in the future. Google mentions that the first new cars to support Android Auto will be released later this year, with models coming from the likes of Chevy, Chrysler, Audi, Acura, Bentley, Alfa Romeo, Honda, Hyundai, VW, Maserati, Volvo and Subaru – to name a few.