While Android Auto is nearly a year old (we’re talking from the time it was actually available to users), it’s still very young. And that’s to be expected in the auto industry. Technology doesn’t progress as much in the auto industry as in other industries, simply because the life cycle of a car is much longer than say a laptop, smartphone or tablet. Android Auto is off to a good start. Being available in a slew of cars this year and heading into next year. Including those from Audi, Acura, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Hyundai, Honda, Volkswagen and plenty of others. But there’s still a long way to go.
Now, I’ve been using Android Auto basically since it was available. Using it with a third-party after-market head unit from Pioneer. And while I do love Android Auto, and prefer it over the infotainment systems offered by the car makers, there are still some things that need to be changed or fixed. One of the features that I’ve seen on a few cars in their infotainment system is the Speed Limit pops up on the maps and navigation screen. It would be nice to have this in Google Maps so that we know what the speed limit is where we are. Another is being able to use Android Auto over Bluetooth. While I don’t so much mind having to plug in my phone as it will charge while using Android Auto, it’s a bit of a nuisance on short trips to the store, where I do want to listen to Spotify.
But it’s not just about features I’d like to see added to Android Auto, it’s also about the bugs. With the new Nexus’ devices, there are a few bugs there. Many of which I don’t see too often myself, but they are there for some. One is not getting any audio when playing music through Android Auto. Whether that’s Spotify, Google Play Music or another app. Those bugs should have been fixed right away, seeing as the majority of those that are using Android Auto, more than likely have a Nexus smartphone as well.
Android Auto is off to a great start, but in the next few years, it’s likely to be 100x better. And that’s something I really can’t wait to see.