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Android is a flexible operating system which can basically run on anything, from your phone to your fridge, your air conditioner and even the display on your car – it truly drives the notion of the internet of things.
Like Android Wear is the operating system’s version for smart watches, Android Auto is for cars, and while it has been out for some time now, the Hyundai Sonata 2015 will be the first car to come with a fully functional version of Android Auto.
If you aren’t familiar with Android Auto’s features, here are the basics:
- Maps for navigation
- Music control
- Voice control
You might be wondering what’s new, because all these features are already present on your Android powered smartphone. And while that’s true, the real purpose behind Android Auto is to make all this information accessible on the go – safely.
It is not unknown that most fatal car accidents are a result of smartphone usage while driving, and Android Auto should considerably decrease such tragic instances with its focus on steering and voice controls.
Basically, when you’re driving an Android Auto equipped car, Google Now will provide information related to your location, traffic, weather and everything else in a seamless way.
You can also use Google voice actions to interact with Android Auto without taking your eyes off the road. This includes playing your music, activating navigation and searching for anything on the web.
You will also be able to pair your Android phone with Android Auto to make and receive calls and get notifications for reminders and calendar events on the go.
The only issue here is that Android Auto is only fully functional with Lollipop 5.0, and if you already have a Hyundai Sonata 2015 without Android Auto, you can head over to your local dealer and get it set up or get the update via a USB when it becomes available.
Android Auto, while offering little in the way of innovation, is truly capable of bringing a positive change in terms of safety. It also has an app locking feature, using which you can lock unsafe apps like the messaging app while you drive to prevent distractions.
Given how we consume information in almost all aspects of our lives, there is need for making this consumption safer and more practical because there is no other alternative. This is something that Android Auto aims to achieve, and if it is implemented properly, we feel it can.
What do you think about Android Auto? Would you like to have it in your car and actually use it? Or do you think it will serve as more of a gimmick and another source of distraction in our already cluttered lives? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this.