Google is implementing a series of improvements in Android Auto and Google Assistant’s driving mode. These are intended to prevent the graphical interface from becoming a distracting element for the driver.
Android Auto, the driving platform that works in the car’s infotainment system, now allows to show, hide and order the applications available so that only the desired ones are at your fingertips.
The driving mode, meanwhile, receives “cards that can be seen and touched“These have music, text messages and frequently used apps. All gathered in one place to avoid distractions.
In addition, drivers will have the ability to use voice commands to interact. For example, instead of picking up the phone and opening driving mode, you can simply say, “Hey Google, let’s drive.”
What’s new in Android Auto and Driving Mode is designed to ensure drivers keep their eyes on the road. In fact, Android can read messages out loud with a simple voice request.
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Google also announced that Android Auto users will soon be able to use Google Pay to pay for gas. Although it is not specifically a feature that seeks to reduce distractions, it will save time.
At 32,000 select gas stations in the United States, Android Auto users simply select their number on the screen and Google Pay will handle the payment. It is not yet known if it will reach other countries.
The truth is that it allows many other actions to be carried out, as long as the car is safely parked. For example, having fun with GameSacks games and using Android for Cars apps.
Android Auto allows users to connect their phone to their car screen and interact from there. Today there are more than 100 million compatible vehicles, from a wide variety of brands.
The Mountain View giant has been working with manufacturers to expand and improve the experience of Android Auto, launching new functions and integrating it more to the instruments of the vehicle.
Google recently shut down the standalone Android Auto app for smartphones. Instead of using that interface on the mobile, those who want to drive must resort to the new driving mode, available on Google Maps.