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Android Auto

The hands-free integration of Android devices into a vehicle's in-dash head unit. Governed by the Open Automotive Alliance and starting with Android Version 5.0 (Lollipop), Android Auto lets drivers and passengers use Google to ask a question, employ Google Maps and play music via Google and other compatible apps. Introduced in 2014, cars began to deploy Android Auto in 2015. Contrast with CarPlay.


Google Maps on the Dash
Cars with Android Auto do not need a built-in navigation system to give the driver a larger readout of Google Maps. This 2017 Honda CR-V actually has a built-in nav but also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
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"Ford is not taking the traditional approach of introducing Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto on a few piecemeal models or as an expensive option on luxury vehicles only," says Jeffrey Hannah, Director of North America for global automotive technology research firm SBD.
This cooperation was launched in early 2014 with the goal of integrating the Android platform and its apps into cars under the Android Auto banner.
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The model plans to replace the infotainment unit with one capable of running Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The model features LED Daytime Running Lights that flow into the bumper, front grille inserts and a sleek headlamp assembly, disc brakes on all four wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control system, eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, auto headlamps and wipers, double USB ports, auto dimming IRVM, dual-tone cabin finish, cruise control, Electronic Stability Control, leather seats and sunroof.
For the end-user, most functionalities will be retained from Android Auto .
It also has driver-aid features such as ESP, Hill Descent Control, a touchscreen infotainment system which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, reverse parking camera, auto-climate control, auto headlamps and rain sensing wipers.