Google has announced that vehicles with its providers built-in will probably be getting the power to play YouTube movies whereas parked later this yr, beginning with Volvo. For these with a V90, XC40 Recharge, or different supported vehicles, this could make ready in a car parking zone extra bearable because you’ll be capable of see movies in your automotive’s built-in display screen, which might be going to be barely bigger and extra ergonomic than a cellphone.

Google additionally appears to go away the door open for different video apps as effectively, so it’s potential different builders may allow you to entry their content material out of your automotive’s infotainment system.

You’ll additionally be capable of management some Volvo vehicles utilizing Google Assistant from exterior the automotive — in a video embedded in its weblog, Google reveals the instance of somebody utilizing a Nest Audio to activate their automotive’s warmth with out having to courageous the snow exterior. The weblog additionally says the Assistant will be capable of lock or unlock the automotive and inform you its battery standing. Whereas some Volvos have had in-car management with Assistant for some time, it’s good to get some performance that gained’t require you to make the journey out to the storage or car parking zone.

Google says it’s additionally increasing what you’ll be capable of do along with your voice contained in the automotive as effectively — this spring, Volvos with Android Automotive will allow you to entry issues like lane-keeping help and repair data with the Assistant.

Google particulars extra car-related options coming in its weblog publish. It says that later this yr, its digital automotive key function will probably be coming to “even more Android phones and vehicles” (it’s at the moment solely supported on Pixel 6 and Galaxy S21 handsets). Google additionally says that the unlock function will get assist for Extremely Wideband later this yr, so individuals gained’t should take their telephones out and faucet them to their automotive to unlock with NFC.

Google says its partnered with Lyft so as to add Android Auto assist for its driver-focused app.
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Lastly, Lyft and Kakao Mobility will probably be including Android Auto assist to their driver apps, which ought to let individuals working for these rideshare apps select which riders to choose up from their automotive’s touchscreen.

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