Google announced Android Auto today at its I/O developer conference. As predicted, Android Auto allows Android smartphones to project data to the vehicle’s dashboard screen. Google demonstrated Maps navigation, Play Music, and message notifications with responses, all powered via Google Voice controls (safety first!).
Google also announced that it has over 40 partners in its Open Automotive Alliance who have agreed to ship cars with the electronics necessary to communicate with Android devices later this year. Android Auto will also require the announced but yet-unnamed Android L OS update, but developers looking to get an early jump can take advantage of the Android Auto SDK, which is available today.