One of the great things about technology is – with the exception of Apple products – consumers get more for their money every year. For example, the first 1GB USB drive I bought in 2005 cost me $30. Today you can get 10 for that price, delivered to your door thanks to Amazon. The same goes for car tech.
JVCKenwood was a tad premature in announcing head units with wireless Android Auto given that phones weren't officially ready for it, but that support is finally here... more or less. Google has enabled cord-free Android Auto in vehicles that have an Android Auto Wireless-compatible infotainment system (built-in or aftermarket), but only if you have a relatively recent Google phone running Oreo -- that means a Pixel, Pixel 2, Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P.
Next you fire up Android Auto, you'll have the option to stream your Plex music library.
No touchscreen, no Android Auto.
Going up against Spotify or Apple Music is no small task.
Yes, Mobvoi is the smartwatch maker.
This will force you to put your phone down when you're behind the wheel.
Android Auto is available for users running Android 5.0 or higher.
The carmaker has partnered with Drivemode to create a concept vehicle that completely replaces the head unit with a phone and a free app.
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.
Ford will add Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a bunch of new apps to 2016 and later vehicles equipped with Sync 3.
An analyst says Asian electronics suppliers expect big growth in camera, sensors, and displays in vehicles. That could put Apple and Google in the lead.
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?