Google Announces Android Auto to Rival Apple CarPlay

Google Announces Android Auto to Rival Apple CarPlay

Google has revealed its new in-car operating system called Android Auto, looking to take on Apple’s CarPlay system. 

At the company’s annual I/O event, the tech giant introduced Android Auto, its mobile operating system reimagined for the car. According to Google, Android Auto is contextually aware, bringing you the info you want, when you need it. Naturally, to keep things safe while behind the wheel, Android Auto has been optimized for voice and will begin arriving before the end of 2014 in new vehicles.

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The software makes heavy use of Google Now, which is a system that gives you quick, voice-based access to Google Maps navigation, text messaging and apps. The software will be fully compatible with dials, knobs and buttons on your dash and steering wheel.

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Android Auto is part of Google’s Open Automotive Alliance, which was announced earlier this year. The Open Automotive Alliance is a collaboration between Google and several automakers with a goal of “making technology in the car safer, more seamless and more intuitive for everyone.”

Below is a video of the Google I/O event and the announcement and preview of Android Auto starts at around the 1:35:00 mark.

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