Android Auto

Research shows Apple Carplay, Android Auto can impair drivers to dangerous levels

Research shows Apple Carplay, Android Auto can impair drivers to dangerous levels

A new simulator research study conducted by IAM RoadSmart has found that interacting with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay can impair driving performance to potentially dangerous levels. The study results show that the latest in-vehicle infotainment systems impaired driver reaction times behind the wheel more than alcohol and cannabis use. According to the researchers, reaction times at motorway speeds increased average stopping distances between four and five car lengths.

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Android Auto is finally coming to Harley-Davidson bikes

Android Auto is finally coming to Harley-Davidson bikes

As it says in its name, Android Auto was primarily designed for automobiles, a.k.a. cars. Those, however, aren't the only vehicles on wheels that warrants a safe way to interact with mobile apps and Internet services. While some might argue you shouldn't do that on a motorcycle anyway, the next best thing would be to have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on a bike dashboard that few bikes even have. Fortunately, Harley-Davidson's 2021 bikes do and you can "upgrade" them to Android Auto soon.

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Android Auto adds local weather icons to the status bar

Android Auto adds local weather icons to the status bar

If your vehicle has Android Auto, you can now use the system to quickly view your local weather. Users started noticing the new feature over the last week, reporting that they show up as two small icons in the platform's status bar. Don't expect to get a full weather forecast, but it's not like you're missing much -- you could easily view a more detailed outlook from your phone when you're not driving a vehicle.

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Android Auto finally lets you mute those distracting notifications

Android Auto finally lets you mute those distracting notifications

Android Auto is one of Android's most curious incarnations and by that we mean it isn't always clear what direction Google wants to take it. It's designed, in theory, to allows Android users to use the apps and platform they're already familiar with but in a safe driving environment. If that were the case, though, it seemed pretty disappointing that it is only now that Android Auto is letting users silence notifications, even if they can't really get rid of them.

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BMW reveals wireless Android Auto roadmap [Updated]

BMW reveals wireless Android Auto roadmap [Updated]

BMW is adding Android Auto to its cars, with the promise of wireless connectivity with Google's dashboard-safe smartphone interface from midway through next year. Joining Apple CarPlay as an option on BMW vehicles, Android Auto will have tight integration not only in the central touchscreen of the car, but in the digital cockpit driver's instrumentation and, if fitted, the head-up display.

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Google Assistant Android Auto bug keeps the AI helper silent

Google Assistant Android Auto bug keeps the AI helper silent

If recent developments, or lack thereof, with Android Auto is any indicator, Google's thrust in the in-vehicle infotainment market might be on the decline. It promised an upgraded Android Auto experience last I/O 2019 in May but missed the deadline to roll Assistant on Android Auto properly with Android 10. If that weren't bad enough, users have started experiencing problems not only with the app itself but now with Google Assistant running on Android Auto as well.

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Android Auto for Phone Screens brings a band-aid fix to an Android 10 bug

Android Auto for Phone Screens brings a band-aid fix to an Android 10 bug

Google's grand plan for Android in cars is as clear as its grand plan for Android on TVs and wearables. Which is to say it's totally not. A few months back it promised a new chapter in the Android Auto story. Half a year later, Google accidentally broke Android Auto on phones while also delaying that promised Assistant Driving Mode. Now it's rolling out a fix to the former with a new Android Auto for Phone Screens that, for all intents and purposes, does what the disappearing Android Auto icon on Android 10 phones.

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Acura RDX Android Auto update is a free OTA download

Acura RDX Android Auto update is a free OTA download

Acura is pushing out an update to deliver Android Auto to recent RDX owners, with the luxury SUV adding support for Google's smartphone interface alongside the existing Apple CarPlay support. The upgrade is free of charge to owners, and takes advantage of the SUV's integrated cellular connection to avoid a trip to the nearest dealership.

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Android Auto Wireless expands outside Pixels, adds Samsung Galaxy phones

Android Auto Wireless expands outside Pixels, adds Samsung Galaxy phones

Android Auto is arguably one of Android's oddest official incarnations, almost like a stepchild that exists only to have a Google version of Apple CarPlay. Development of new features haven't exactly been fast-paced nor exhilarating and, worse, the rollout of features have been even slower. Take for example the wireless connection that would make Android Auto even safer to interact with. Now more than a year after it launched, the feature is finally rolling out to some phones other than the Google Pixel.

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GM just gave Android Automotive OS its biggest partner yet

GM just gave Android Automotive OS its biggest partner yet

Google has another car win under its belt, with General Motors announcing that it plans to move its infotainment system to Android Automotive OS. The deal will see GM-brand cars switch to the embedded Android system from 2021, one of the biggest names to adopt the system.

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Sony’s new CarPlay and Android Auto head-unit has a huge 9″ pop-out display

Sony’s new CarPlay and Android Auto head-unit has a huge 9″ pop-out display

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both getting a big update this year, but if your current car lacks support for either then it's Sony's new supersized touchscreen head-unit that might be more appealing. The new Sony XAV-AX8000 Media Receiver is designed to slot into a single-DIN space on your dashboard, but unfurl, Transformers-style, into something a lot more impressive.

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This is why you want the new Android Auto: Walkthrough

This is why you want the new Android Auto: Walkthrough

Android Auto is getting its biggest revamp since the phone-powered infotainment platform launched five years ago, and it's all about making interactions speedier and safer. I've been testing the new system out, and the good news is that the refreshed Android Auto might well be enough to keep you from being too jealous of new cars running Android Automotive OS.

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