Android Auto: The car and the tablet together in one
April 5, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
The Internet of Things is gaining ground over time. The possibility of interconnecting several fundamental devices and objects in our daily life, and the fact of being able to control them from the same terminal, is an idea of science fiction films that, however, is closer and more present in the Life of millions of people. According to Gartner, in the cities alone, there will be almost 10,000 million interconnected terminals in 2020 that will control aspects such as city lighting or coordinate public transport. If we add the supports of the rest of the world, this figure will increase to approximately 26,000 million, which means that there will be 4 devices per inhabitant of the planet.
Programming appliances or some functions of our home such as the consumption of electricity or water are not the only tasks we can perform through our tablets or smartphones. Since 2015, Google has started up gradually Android Auto, a new way of joining the driving with technology and that is being implemented little by little in a growing number of countries after legislative changes and the creation of regulations regarding this new element. Here we tell you more about him. Its advantages, disadvantages and when we will see it in Spain among other aspects.
What is it?
As the name implies, Android Auto does not hide too much mystery. Is about connect our tablet or smartphone at computer of our car to use from there, most of the functions of the operating system of the Mountain View. This project, which began to see the light about a year ago, allows, among other tasks, the configuration of maps and routes as if it were a GPS, he dictation of notes voice and commands to the device and the vehicle itself and on the other hand, the ability to receive notifications, notices and alarms or also, the content reproduction audiovisuals stored in the terminals.
What terminals are compatible?
Android Auto is not available for all vehicles or for all tablets. It is necessary to have a terminal with the version 5.0 or higher of the green robot software to enjoy this feature. On the other hand, only the most advanced cars that have compatible computers with Android They are the only ones that can incorporate this function. However, more and more vehicle manufacturers add to the number of signatures that add the interface. On the other hand, the car must also equip a stereo sound system.
What applications can we use?
Gradually, the number of tools available for Android Auto expands. Meanwhile, we can use messaging apps like Kik or Skype, other musicals like Spotify or Heart FM and also, other agenda like Contact +. On the other hand, there is a list with all the existing releases for this platform where we can get more information about the new products.
Handling and inconveniences
One of the strengths that Android designers use to position the Auto version, is the fact that through the steering wheel controls, you can easily access the different operating system menus at the same time that the control of the terminals from this part of the vehicle is facilitated. However, what is its greatest attraction is also its great disadvantage since many report that with this, they are not able to reduce the distractions while driving but on the contrary, which can increase the risk of traffic accidents since, despite being able to respond to notifications or prompts by voice commands, it is also necessary to use the computer screen frequently.
Where is it available?
As we mentioned before, although it has been operating since May 2015, the list of regions where it is already operational is still small. In Spain, as is the case with other Western European countries such as France, Italy or the United Kingdom, it has already been available for some months. A few days ago he also made the leap to some Latin American countries after appearing in the United States and Canada.
A useful breakthrough?
As with most platforms and devices that go on the market, time is a crucial factor in determining the success or failure of each project or terminal. Gradually, the Internet of Things is consolidated, however, its implementation in some areas is still a slow thing that will take several years for us to really see the results it can offer and its impact on our lives. Android Auto is getting fans and detractors in equal parts and, although it can revolutionize driving, it will take some time to continue improving.
After knowing more about him. Do you think that it is something new that can be useful and suppose a step further by joining the automobile and technological industries, or however, do you think it will take several years to implement this progress more effectively and that, for now, won't it be very successful? You have more information available about other initiatives such as Project Tango so you can give your opinion.