Best of Android to improve your drive

Best of Android to improve your drive

By Valentina Tuta

It’s that time of year where the industry comes together to reveal their latest projects, including what’s new in car technology. As every year, Google has taken the lead by returning to CES with their new features and updates that help you make the most of your drive. That’s why, we’ll take a look at the refreshed Android Auto experience, a new way you can use your digital car key, and enhancements for cars with Google built-in.

More updates for cars with Google built-in

The new Android Auto experience is here

To begin with, we have some design updates and features improvements that will provide you with a more personal and easier experience from behind the wheel. As you see, the new design highlights three important goals for drivers: navigating where you’re going, communicating with friends and family, and playing your music or podcasts.

You’ll be happy to know that Maps is now closer to the driver’s seat so that you can see where you’re going at a glance. Likewise, the new media card was updated as well so that Material You can show your favorite album art, and with the added quick launcher you’ll never have to access your favorite apps again once you start your car. Instead, you will now have them in the recently used apps.

New capabilities for Android Auto

Google decided to implement a new design to make it easier to complete some of your more frequent tasks in the car. Now, the Google Assistant will provide smart suggestions that include missed call reminders, quick arrival time sharing and instant access to music or podcasts.

On the other hand, with the help of shortcuts, you’ll be able to reply to messages faster and find your favorite contacts. Besides, the company stated that they are working on a searchable progress bar for music and podcasts, a much-requested feature.

Share your digital car key with friends and family

You can already share your digital car key across Pixel and iPhone to make it easier to give trusted friends and family access to your car. Furthermore, key sharing is coming soon to Samsung phones, and Xiaomi users will be able to both use and share digital car keys later this year. And already supported on BMW, digital car keys will also continue to expand across more car brands.

Doing more with Google built-in

The latest car models with Google built-in have the Google Assistant, Google Maps and other Google Play apps by default. However, this time, the company wanted to strengthen their alliances with carmakers and app developers to continuously enhance this integrated experience. These are the latest additions and updates:

  • High-quality maps and navigation
    • The Waze app is now available on select Renault vehicles and is headed to more cars with Google built-in.
    • Google’s new HD map is now available in select new cars with Google built-in, starting with the Volvo EX90 and Polestar 3. The HD map delivers precise road details like lane markers, signs and road barriers to support automakers’ assisted and autonomous driving technology for safer, more hands-free driving on select roadways.
  • More entertainment
    • While you’re waiting for curbside pickup or charging your EV, the car screen is a great place to catch up on shows or movies. With Tubi and MGM+ already available on Google Play, we’ll soon be offering YouTube and more.
  • Expanded choices
    • With the recently announced 2023 Accord Touring model, Honda joins a growing list of brands offering cars with Google built-in that includes Volvo Cars, Polestar, Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac and Renault. Expect even more choices from brands like Ford and Lincoln later in 2023 as well. Learn more about cars with Google built-in on our website.
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