Posted by Mickey Kataria, Director of Product Management
For over a decade, Google has been committed to the automotive industry with a vision of creating a safe and seamlessly connected experience in every car. Developers like you all play a key role in keeping people connected on the go. We’re seeing a lot of momentum in our in-car, Android Auto, and Android Automotive OS experiences, and we’re excited to share the latest updates and ways to reach users in the car today.
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Android Auto, which allows users to connect their phone to their car display, now has over 100 million compatible cars on the road and is supported by almost all major automakers. Porsche is our newest partner and from this summer they will be delivering Android Auto for new cars with the Porsche 911.
We’ve worked closely with automakers to create an even better Android Auto experience by enabling wireless projection in more vehicles. Expansion of availability to other countriesand continue to launch new functions such as integration into the instrument cluster. Check out the video below to see some of the latest Android Auto technologies in the BMW iX.
Android Auto projection on the cluster display in a BMW iX.
Android Automotive OS
Our latest in-car experience, Android Automotive OS with built-in Google apps and services, also has strong momentum. With this experience, the entire infotainment system of Android is supported and users can access the Google Assistant, Google Maps and other apps from Google Play directly from the car screen without having to rely on a phone. Polestar and Volvo cars, such as the Polestar 2 and the Volvo XC40 Recharge, are already available to customers. By the end of 2021, this experience can be ordered in more than 10 car models from Volvo, General Motors and Renault. You can get a glimpse of this bespoke experience in the new GMC HUMMER EV below.
The fully electric infotainment GMC HUMMER EV offers Android Automotive OS with integrated Google. Pre-production model shown. Actual production models may vary. First availability autumn 2021.
Development of new apps for cars
To support this growing ecosystem, we recently made the Android for Cars App Library available as part of Jetpack. Navigation, EV charging and parking app developers can push their apps to Android Auto compatible cars. Many of these developers have already published their Android Auto apps on the Play Store. We are now expanding this library to support Android Automotive OS as well. So you can easily build once and generate apps that are compatible with both platforms. We are already working with Early Access partners – including Parkwhiz, Plugshare, Sygic, ChargePoint, Flitsmeister, SpotHero and others – to provide apps in these categories for cars with Android Automotive OS.
PlugShare, an EV charger locator app, used the Android for Cars app library and Google Assistant build app actions for Android Auto.
We plan to expand further app categories in the future. So if you would like to participate in our Early Access program, please fill out this interest form. You can also get started with the Android for Cars app library today by visiting g.co/androidforcars. Finally, with Stack Overflow, you can always get help from the developer community using the android-automotive and android-auto tags. We can’t wait to see what you build next!