At it’s annual developer conference last year, Google announced a new breed of Android geared towards car manufacturers. We haven’t heard much about Android Auto since but work on the dashboard OS continues.
On Friday, Google pushed Android Auto live on the Play Store for anyone running Lollipop (Android 5.0). Of course, you’ll need “a compatible vehicle or aftermarket head unit,” which for now is limited to certain Pioneer head units.
If you’re one of the roughly 3% of Android users running Lollipop and happen to also be a Pioneer user, Android Auto will give you access to navigation via Google Maps, hands-free functionality for phone and messaging, and the ability to listen to your music and playlists via your car’s stereo. Google will also be able to provide you with information and assistance on traffic conditions, your commute, and the weather.
Google’s Android Auto portal lists just shy of 30 car manufacturers that have committed to supporting Android Auto, including Audi, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Chevrolet, Bentley, Mazda, Jeep, Infiniti, Nissan, Volkswagen, and Subaru.
[source]Google Play, Pioneer[/source]
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