Android Auto makes its way to India

Written by Dev Jaising

Google recently launched Android Auto in 18 new countries, India being one of them.

Android Auto was launched in June 2014 and similar to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto offers features like calling, voice controls, maps, music playback, messaging amongst other things. Consumers can connect smartphones via Bluetooth and integrate apps like Google Maps and Music.

One can control Android Auto via voice, steering mounted controls and head unit controls. When connected the consumers phone is locked, so as to reduce distraction. Considering the numbers of accidents that happen due to the use of cellphones while driving, this is a step in the right direction.

A compatible infotainment system with a USB port and an Android smart phone (obviously!) will be required for this set up. Car manufacturers like Mahindra have already integrated Android Auto into their factry fitted units, Pioneer and Kenwood are expected to follow.