Google I/O 2014: Android Auto announced

While many technology companies have currently partnered with the automobile industry to bring its solution and product to the vehicle driving experience, Android held its cards close, and now has unveiled its entrant.  Android Auto will be coming to consumers in the coming months.

Android Auto was announced at Google’s I/O developers conference, and is Google’s solution to in-car technology.  Android Auto will be completely voice utilized in its application.

Some of the technology was demoed in January, but Google has reiterated that consumers will be able to hop into their Android Auto enabled car and will be able to utilize the service completely by voice.  Google maps will have all of its current functionality, but will allow users a greater ease of use.

With Android Auto, users will also be able to send messages through voice commands.

Google unveiled the Android Auto SDK as well.  The company will be releasing a full range of audio and messaging APIs as well.  At this time, no firm publishing date has been announced.

Google has formed the Open Automotive Alliance with car makers like Hyundai, Audi, GM, and Honda already on board.  At this point, Google has announced over 40 partners have joined the OAA.

It was only going to be a matter of time before the Android system transitioned technology into more than just smartphones and tablets.  As Google is such a giant and strong backer, the interface already has some strong legs, and it will be interesting to see what capabilities Android brings to the in-car technology experience.

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