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What driving data is Android Auto collecting from us?

The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, front three-quarter view.
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  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, front three-quarter view.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, rear three-quarter view.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, front three-quarter view.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, rear three-quarter view.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, side view.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, side view.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, front.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, rear.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, headlight.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, wheel.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, taillight.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, rear spoiler detail.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, hood cover badge detail.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, interior.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, front seats.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, shifter.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at Volkswagen's Group Night ahead of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, front three-quarter view.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at Volkswagen's Group Night ahead of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, front three-quarter view.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at Volkswagen's Group Night ahead of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, near front three-quarter view.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at Volkswagen's Group Night ahead of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, front three-quarter view.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at Volkswagen's Group Night ahead of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, front view.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at Volkswagen's Group Night ahead of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, rear three-quarter view.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at Volkswagen's Group Night ahead of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, rear.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at Volkswagen's Group Night ahead of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, rear three-quarter view.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at Volkswagen's Group Night ahead of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, rear view.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at Volkswagen's Group Night ahead of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, rear three-quarter view.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at Volkswagen's Group Night ahead of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, rear three-quarter view.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at Volkswagen's Group Night ahead of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, front three-quarter view.
  • The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, now with a turbocharged engine in the standard car, unveiled at Volkswagen's Group Night ahead of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, rear three-quarter view.
In-car solutions like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make using your smartphone while driving increasingly easy, by replicating most of the gadget's functions on a vehicle's infotainment screen. In fact, they rank among the favorite automotive features available today by Autoblog editors. While there's certainly added convenience, Motor Trend claims Google is collecting a huge array of data during trips, as well. Although, that might not actually be the case.

In a rundown of the upgrades for the newly refreshed Porsche 911, Motor Trend asserts that the iconic coupe doesn't have Android Auto because of alleged privacy concerns. Reportedly, Porsche elected to only include CarPlay because the Google tech collected info on a vehicle's speed and other data. The German company didn't want to share all of that vital info with another corporation.

Google opposes the allegations, though. "We take privacy very seriously and do not collect the data the Motor Trend article claims such as throttle position, oil temp and coolant temp," the company said in a portion of a statement to TechCrunch. Android Auto does use a vehicle's GPS system for location info, and checks whether it's in Park or Drive to enable some features. Also, users must opt-in to sharing the first time that they connect their phone.

There might be an explanation for this confusion, according to TechCrunch. Allegedly before Android Auto launched, Google did want more vehicle data, but the company eventually changed course. Porsche may have based its decision on this earlier version.

This case just shines a light on the growing question of automotive privacy and Google's potential role. The government has been unhappy with how automakers have handled this responsibility, so far, though.

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