The Android Auto app is making all sorts of noise these days for the right reasons. The growing need to integrate technology in cars that increase the overall driving experience as well as safety is the reason Google decided to integrate Android Auto into cars. And now Hyundai has announced that the 2015 Sonata will become the first production model to get the Android Auto.
For the early adopters, one has to go to the dealerships to get the app updated on the system. But Hyundai says that eventually the app can be installed through the website on a USB stick. Android Auto app, apart from navigation, will help users with personal reminders, appointments, weather information and music - among many other things.
The process to connect to the car is rather simple and all you need a compatible smartphone with Android Auto app and the latest version of Android - 5.0 Lollipop or later to be precise. Then you connect the phone to the system via a USB port and voila, you can now run your car Android. The app, in a simple language, uses your phone system, but through the car's system and screen.
Google said to have collaborated with 40 car manufacturers and suppliers across the globe under the Open Automotive Alliance. Alongside Hyundai, Audi, General Motors, and Honda are onboard the Google's project to integrate cars with Android compatible infotainment systems. Google is working towards making the cars “safer and more intuitive for everyone.”
Notably, Android has already made quite a dent in the mobile OS market and became the market in no time. It will be interesting to see how Android will do in the automobile market which is right now finding a proper and standard way to connect to mobile phones of the occupants.