Google has announced a few upgrades for Android Auto.
The biggest change is the ability to have Android Auto solely on a phone, without the need for an Android Auto compatible car. This will allow users to say voice commands to handle music, navigation, messages and calls, keeping distraction to a minimum.
Another new voice recognition feature allows you to simply utter “OK Google,” and the system will automatically wake up and await a command, saving the driver from having to press a button. As for new apps, Waze map integration is coming for Android Auto, which allows users to input their traffic situation allowing your vehicle to pick the fastest route.
Google is also eliminating the need for the phone to be directly wired to car with a new setup that uses in-vehicle WiFi, if available.
Lastly, Google is opening up its software to automakers to allow them to design apps for car-related tasks. Both Honda and Hyundai are already working on new apps that will allow the driver to access roadside assistance, monthly service reports and have notifications sent straight to a phone.