Google’s Android Auto envisions big role for smartphones in connected cars
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June 26, 2014
Google is taking the smartphone route to gain ultimate car operating-system dominance
Android Auto, Googles new connected car play that already has over 40 automaker partners, puts the smartphone front and center so that drivers can access the most up-to-date experiences without having to wait for automakers to bake it in.
Google’s unveiling of Android Auto at its I/O developers conference with the backing of such car brands as Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, Honda and Volkswagen, will let motorists synthesize their favorite mobile phone navigation, communication and music systems through a voice-enabled smartphone application that transfers the phones screen to a cars screen. The much-anticipated launch, on the heels of rival Apples introduction of its CarPlay system, reflects the rising prominence of in-vehicle applications.
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