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Google Android Auto - a new operating system for your car

Jim Martin | June 27, 2014
Google aims to make driving safer with this new voice-controlled system

Google also said that the the SDK (software development kit) for Android Auto, along with a full set of APIs for audio and messaging apps, is in the works to developers soon. This means that when Android L is released later this year, you should have a decent choice of apps to use alongside the standard Google ones, no doubt including Spotify.

Will you have to go out and buy a brand new car, though? Fortunately not. As with CarPlay, aftermarket infotainment makers including Alpine, Clarion, JVC, Kenwood, LG, Pioneer and Panasonic. are members of the OAA and may well be offering Android Auto versions which you'll be able to install in your current car. Even if they cost £500 or more, it's a lot cheaper than buying a new car.

Google's director of engineering, Patrick Brady, said "It looks and feels like it's part of the car, but all of the apps are running on the phone. This makes it a personalised experience."

Google announced that the Android Auto SDK . Android Auto is set to be released later this year.

 

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