Google introduced just a few updates to Android Auto, together with a brand new dashboard for Google Assistant driving mode.

Earlier this yr, Google shut down the standalone “Android Auto for Phone Screens” app with Android 12. As an alternative, Android telephone homeowners at the moment are advisable to make use of the Google Assistant driving mode out there inside Google Maps or the native Android Auto interface out there in choose vehicles.

For Android prospects with older vehicles who use their telephones for navigation and different capabilities, Google Assistant driving mode now consists of “glanceable, tappable cards” with music, textual content messages, and different often used apps collected multi function place. Prospects will be capable to use voice instructions like “Hey Google, let’s drive” to open the brand new driving mode dashboard, decreasing the necessity to futz along with your telephone.

Google says that is designed to make sure drivers maintain their eyes on the highway and never on their telephones. Drivers may also have their incoming textual content messages learn out loud to them utilizing voice management.

There are additionally new updates to Android Auto, which mirrors your smartphone’s show in your automobile’s infotainment display. Drivers can choose which apps they wish to see once they first plug their telephone into their automobile (or when it connects through Bluetooth). This is also designed to chop down on driver distraction.

Distraction is a significant drawback for drivers, particularly as infotainment programs turn into flashier and extra difficult. A current study discovered that drivers choosing music with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto had slower response occasions than those that have been excessive from smoking pot. Google has been making an attempt to work its manner by this drawback for a number of years now, however they’ve but to reach at a definitive answer.

When their automobile is safely parked, Android Auto prospects can play video games from GameSnacks proper on their automobile’s show. For many who don’t acknowledge the identify, GameSnacks is Google’s collection of HTML5-based browser video games that are supposed to be simple to load and play on almost any machine.

Lastly, Google introduced that Android Auto customers will quickly be capable to use Google Pay to pay for gasoline. After pulling right into a gasoline station, drivers want solely choose their pump quantity on the display and Google Pay will do the remainder. (After all, they’ll nonetheless must get out of the automobile and pump their gasoline; Google hasn’t discovered the best way to automate that but.)

Automakers have been constructing fee choices into their vehicles for years now. For instance, Chevrolet has a take care of Shell that lets drivers pay for gasoline from their automobile’s infotainment display. However this function has but to go mainstream.

The brand new Google Pay function might be out there at 32,500 gasoline stations within the US beginning with Exxon and Mobil stations, with Shell, Conoco, Phillips 66, and 76 stations coming quickly.


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