There are many paths to using Android Auto in a vehicle including aftermarket systems that support the framework natively, using a cable to plug your smartphone in and run Android Auto through a vehicle’s system, or running the Android Auto app on your smartphone. Probably the best option though is having access to Android Auto through a vehicle’s built-in system. The latest manufacturers to announce support for Android Auto in their systems straight from the factory include Audi and Volvo.
In an announcement made today, Google revealed that both automakers plan to include Android Auto in their next generation of cars. With Android Auto tied into the built-in system, users will be able to go beyond the typical Android Auto functions of doing things like loading up Spotify to listen to music, using Google Maps to find and navigate to locations or using the Google Assistant for help. They will also be able to do things like control their air-conditioning systems or operate sunroofs and windows.
Google says the systems to be available in the new Audi and Volvo models will be on display during Google I/O this week. More information will also be presented during a session on Wednesday when an update on Android Auto is covered.