Android Auto

Amid distraction fears, Android Auto gets “Ok Google” voice trigger

Amid distraction fears, Android Auto gets “Ok Google” voice trigger

Google has enabled "Ok Google" voice triggers to Android Auto, allowing users of the in-car interface to issue commands or dictate messages without having to press a button first. Designed to increase in-car safety while still offering access to smartphone features users have progressively become dependent on, Android Auto relies on a customized interface designed for easier use while on the move. Until now, though, it had required users either press an on-screen button or a button on the steering wheel to actually get the system's attention.

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The government wants to cripple your phone while driving

The government wants to cripple your phone while driving

US driving safety regulators are pushing for a strict limit on what smartphone tech can be used in the car, recommending phones go into lockdown when plugged into the dashboard. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published its first set of guidelines on driver distraction for portable and aftermarket devices, effectively outlining its goals for cutting down on unsafe smartphone use while at the wheel. Though not a law, it's nonetheless a strict set of suggestions for how platforms like iOS and Android should behave, including limitations on apps and features that may leave drivers frustrated.

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Now you can use Android Auto without upgrading your car

Now you can use Android Auto without upgrading your car

Android Auto looks set to show up on a lot more dashboards, albeit as a phone clipped to a mount rather than built into the native infotainment system. The interface, which pares back Android into a chunkier, more finger-friendly layout for use while driving, while hiding the more complex features that could prove a distraction, is being released as a standalone system, Google announced today. It's the closest we've got so far to an admission by the Android team that Android Auto adoption among automakers may not have been as swift as they would've preferred.

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Google Maps adds speed limits to Android app and Android Auto

Google Maps adds speed limits to Android app and Android Auto

We have all been cruising down the road at one time or another and wondered exactly what the speed limit was on the road. Often this thought comes to mind right after we see a police car. The problem is for a lot of the roads there are no speed limit signs or they are few and far between. Google has an update for its Google Maps app rolling out that will help us know what the speed limit is.

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Sony XAV-AX100 car audio system supports CarPlay and Android Auto

Sony XAV-AX100 car audio system supports CarPlay and Android Auto

Sony has launched a new in-car receiver that brings any car the audio device will fit into compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The audio system is called the XAV-AX100 and brings lots of smartphone connectivity to your car. The AX100 has high-powered sound and ExtraBass technology and has a knob to adjust volume.

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Hyundai brings CarPlay and Android Auto to Veloster and Azera models

Hyundai brings CarPlay and Android Auto to Veloster and Azera models

Hyundai has brought CarPlay and Android Auto to the 2015 and 2016 Azera, as well as the 2016 Veloster, Sonata Hybrid, and the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid. The software can be installed yourself (versus going to a dealer), and brings the same smartphone integration you’ll find on 2017 Hyundai models. The software can be accessed through MyHyundai.com, but those who aren’t comfortable installing it themselves can also pay a Hyundai dealership to do it.

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Ford SYNC 3 brings Apple Carplay, Android Auto to all 2017 models

Ford SYNC 3 brings Apple Carplay, Android Auto to all 2017 models

While the push for self-driving cars may have gotten a slight hiccup with scrutiny over Tesla-related accidents, the drive to make cars smarter, at least by proxy, hasn't died down one bit. Case in point, Ford has just announced the availability of its SYNC 3 connectivity platform to its entire 2017 lineup, making Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available to all customers, whether they're buying a car, SUV, light truck or even an electric vehicle.

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KIA announces free CarPlay and Android Auto updates for select models

KIA announces free CarPlay and Android Auto updates for select models

KIA Motors of America has announced a new initiative that will help keep the automaker quite competitive in the world of connected driving. KIA says it will upgrade a number of models featuring either an eligible navigation system or its own UVO3 navigation platform to support Apple's CarPlay or Android Auto. Perhaps the most exciting part of this announcement is that the upgrades will be free to owners of these KIA models.

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Hyundai rolls out DIY smartphone integration update

Hyundai rolls out DIY smartphone integration update

If you've been waiting to connect your iPhone or Android phone to your car, you won't need to wait for a newer, hi-tech model if you happen to already own a 2015, 2016 or 2017 Hyundai. The car maker is rolling out a software update that already adds that bridge to connect your existing car with your smartphone without undergoing any hardware upgrade. But best of all, Hyundai is allowing owners to download install the update themselves for absolutely no cost at all, provided they have the necessary authenticated numbers, of course.

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This is how Hyundai is breaking into Android Auto

This is how Hyundai is breaking into Android Auto

Android Auto may be all about burying the car company's infotainment system under a familiar Android UI from your phone, but Hyundai is showing off a new, more seamless integration. Demonstrated for the first time at Google I/O 2016 today, the system relies an on upcoming version of Android Auto that allows automakers to insert their own custom cards into the interface.

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Waze for Android Auto is coming plus “Ok Google” triggers

Waze for Android Auto is coming plus “Ok Google” triggers

Android Auto is about to get a whole lot more useful, with wireless connectivity, "Ok Google" hot-word triggering, and Waze integration all set to be added. Google's attempt to colonize the dashboard through plugging in Android phones is set to receive a number of convenience features in the coming months, including the ability to hook up your smartphone via WiFi rather than plugging in a USB cable.

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Android Auto testing is more sophisticated than you might think

Android Auto testing is more sophisticated than you might think

When hearing about things like Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, you might think it simply involves mirroring Android or iOS to a car's infotainment system, give or take a few functionality deemed to be dangerous or unnecessary for driving. But unlike other iterations of Android, like Android Wear or Android TV, Android Auto has far more dire consequences when implemented poorly. That is why when Nat & Lo took their web series to Google's Android Auto Research Lab, they were met by rather sophisticated equipment, including different kinds of sensors and, of course, a driving simulator.

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