A new media experience is set to hit Android Auto in the future, and while there isn't a full spread of details just yet on what the new experience will include, the description for the Android Auto sandbox in the iOS version of the Google I/O 2018 app points to some possibilities on what users may be able to expect from the Android Auto experience down the line. Perhaps most interestingly Google mentions that at the sandbox attendees of the conference will be able to see a version of the new automotive interface for the platform.
What's more is that the new interface will show Google services. This is really nothing new for the current interface if you count Google Maps and Google Assistant as those things are already available on Android Auto. What's not available is the Play Store but that is apparently changing. The description lists the Play Store as one of the services that will be on display through the new Android Auto interface which means that users should have access to the Play Store from their in-car console in some form.
While this won't obviously bring the full depth of the Play Store to the car like it would on phones, meaning users won't be able to download every single app, it does suggest that Google intends to make other apps available for Android Auto and enough of them that it would warrant users being able to tap a Play Store icon to access them and find/install the ones they want. Beyond the Play Store details, the description also notes that the interface on the car's infotainment center won't be the only new media experience. Google is bringing the new experience to phones as well so it's likely that the app version of Android Auto for smartphones is getting a new interface in addition to the one meant for in-car displays. Google says this new interface will make it faster and easier for users to access content.