Three new Mercedes-Benz cars now support Android Auto, as revealed by the official website of Google's smartphone projection standard. The list of compatible vehicles manufactured by the German automaker includes the 2017 SL, 2017 GLS, and the 2017 SLC, which span a variety of price categories. While Mercedes-Benz is mostly known for making luxury vehicles and none of the aforementioned models can be considered affordable, their prices still range from approximately $47,000 for a base model of the 2017 SLC to more than $87,000 for the 2017 SL convertible class. Owners of any member of those premium lineups can now enjoy Google's multimedia platform in their vehicles as long as they own a compatible Android-powered device and live in a territory that's officially supported by the projection solution. Android Auto has been expanding its support to numerous countries in recent times and is currently available in the majority of Google's key markets including the United States, Canada, Germany, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
Prior to the latest expansion, Mercedes-Benz already supported Android Auto with a number of its vehicle lineups, including the 2017 A-Class and B-Class, CLS Coupe, and the E-Class Sedan. The Stuttgart, Germany-based carmaker only supports Google's handset projection standard on its latest series of cars and is expected to extend its support for the ecosystem in the future. Earlier this month, the Android Auto app received a minor update that showed some traces of new home screen Cards that the Mountain View-based tech giant might be looking to add in the future. It's currently unclear what kind of elements is the company experimenting with, but more details on Google's plans for Android Auto are expected to be unveiled tomorrow once Google I/O 2017 kicks off.
Likewise, the Alphabet-owned company is expected to use the latest iteration of its developer conference as an opportunity to shed more light on its recently established partnership with Audi and Volvo that will see the two automakers ship cars running a modified version of the Android operating system. The same solution was already showcased powering a Chrysler several months back, and Google said that the system will make its way to Audi and Volvo's entire fleets in the near future.