With Android Auto, it's possible to harness the power of your Google-powered smartphone and use it in your car in a way that doesn't distract the driver.
Driving while one's attention is drawn elsewhere isn't a dilemma exclusive to modern motoring, but the issue is undoubtedly more problematic than ever before. If legislators, car companies, and smartphone designers can't come up with a viable solution, what's the real fix?
- Seyth Miersma
- Jul 23, 2015
We asked the Autoblog team which car and car-related technologies have stood out this year. The list is as diverse as we are.
Volkswagen is going all out at CES 2015 to show off the future of automotive technology. The company thinks in the future that electric cars might be able to find charging stations by themselves and that gesture controls might be the next step in operating a vehicle. Besides the Golf R Touch concept, VW is debuting its next-gen MIB II infotainment system that supports MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto.
The automotive world is rapidly leaping into the next generation of infotainment systems. We already know that the CarPlay from Apple and Sync 3 from Ford based are on the way. Google showed off its future concept for Android Auto earlier this year and promised that it would be available by the end of 2014. That didn't happen, but the technology giant has put a tentative plan in place for its challenger in this crowded field.
Hyundai has announced that it's bringing a new, smartphone-enabled infotainment system to the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show. Set to arrive on the brand's lower-end 2016 models, it will eventually be offered across the entry level range, and is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Cars fitted with the Apple CarPlay system should be in dealerships next year, available as a delayed option on the 2015 Hyundai Sonata and eventually expected to be available on Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari vehicles. Google isn't that far behind with its Android Auto, and after Hyundai showed it off at the LA Auto Show, Google Developers used their Dev.Bytes program give us a better look at it.
Connected cars are coming en-masse. We know this much. How, though, remains something of an open question, especially as two of the world's largest tech companies are preparing to battle for control of your car's dashboard. On the one hand, we have Apple and its CarPlay system. And now, we know what Google has been working on with Auto Link.