Android Auto was announced along with the version 5.0 of the operating system, which we all came to know as Lollipop. It’s supposed to be a modified version of the OS that would be in a car’s dashboard screen. It integrates features that would be useful while driving such as navigation with some others that connect to the smartphone, such as messaging or calling or even music playback, in an interface that would be easily visible at a glance and with touchscreen controls that would be as easy to press. More apps are expected to launch for this system to expand its functionality. To make things even safer, there are voice commands to control what’s happening on the screen.
Since it was announced last year, very few cars have been spotted using this system, this year’s models include the Hyundai Sonata and VW Polo and the Chevrolet Cruze for next year is also compatible with Android Auto, but even then, it’s not available in every country. Now, Honda has announced its first car compatible with this technology, it is no less than next year’s model of their midsize sedan, the Accord. This is actually not the first attempt of the company to use Android, as previous navigation systems used in the Accord and the Pilot were based on this platform, but as Honda has no expertise in building computers like they do building automobiles, they are letting the experts equip their cars with this new approach.
The system will include a 7-inch display and it will be available in every Accord EX model and above, but it will coexist with the available system and its 7.7-inch screen and the steering wheel mounted controls, plus the rest of the available technology like Honda Sensing, which offers assistance and safety measures while navigating. The features brought by Android Auto will be more dedicated to integrating the smartphone into the driving experience and include services like Google Maps and Google Now. Other changes of the car include some redesigned elements and use of more LED lighting, so it looks more like a piece of technology, mirroring the new software experience.