Using your smartphone to listen to music or call someone through Google Maps might be convenient, but it’s not safe while you’re driving. Android Auto connects directly to your car so you can safely interact with your phone via voice commands, keep your eyes on the road, and use familiar apps like Google Maps and Spotify while driving. This article will help you understand what Android Auto is, how it works and what it offers as an interface for your in-car system. Read on to learn more about Android Auto.
Android Auto is Google’s platform for seamlessly connecting your Android smartphone to your car’s infotainment system, letting you perform tasks like making calls, sending text messages, listening to music, and using voice-assisted GPS navigation while keeping your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
Depending on the make and model of your car, you can download Android Auto from the Google Play Store on your phone, plug it into your dashboard’s console, and start using it right away.
When you’re using Android Auto, your phone connects to your car via a cable or over Bluetooth. Your phone then acts as an in-car media player (via Google Play Music or Spotify) but also displays incoming notifications from your phone through an on-screen interface.
For example, if you get a text message, it will show up on your car’s infotainment system. But that’s just one part of what makes Android Auto so cool.
You can send messages back without touching your phone, just say OK Google, reply ‘I’m driving right now. Can I call you later? into your voice command microphone. This is incredibly convenient when you don’t want to take your eyes off the road.
It’s also safer than texting while driving. If you need directions, simply ask Google Maps for them. The app has been designed with drivers in mind, maps won’t automatically zoom out as far as they would on your smartphone screen, for instance.
Does Android Auto use car GPS
The answer is a bit complicated because it really depends on what you’re using as your GPS. Basically, yes, Android Auto will use GPS, your phone’s GPS, or your car’s built-in system, if that makes sense.
However, Android Auto in some way projects your phone to your car infotainment dashboard, and everything is run from your phone including the GPS, the car is just displaying what’s on your phone.
Because Android Auto is built on Google Maps, it shows you directions in a similar way as other mapping services, such as Apple’s CarPlay. Maps look a bit different from traditional GPS apps, but you can use all of your favorite Google Maps features, like live traffic updates, lane guidance, estimated travel time, and more.
Depending on your car’s software update, you may also be able to tap into third-party navigation apps like Waze or Google Maps without having to leave Android Auto.
You can download Google Maps, Waze, Spotify, Pandora, Overcast Radio, and other apps onto your phone in order to use them while using Android Auto. You can control all of these apps with voice commands.
Make sure you have access to Wi-Fi or a data connection before you start driving so that you’re able to use all of these fun features.
Does Android Auto have GPS?
Yes, but only as a backup. After you plug your phone into your car’s USB port to link it with your vehicle, you can use both Google Maps for turn-by-turn navigation (which comes preloaded on all Android devices) or any third-party GPS app to get directions.
Benefits of using Android Auto
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay both take your smartphone’s mapping app, shrink it down to be displayed on your car’s display, then add a few useful features for drivers. Since you probably already have a good idea of how most car navigation systems work in general, we won’t spend much time covering how they do that.
- If you’re like most people, then you spend a good amount of time in your car every day. On average, Americans spend approximately 40 hours a week in their vehicles. While it may seem like a relaxing reprieve from your busy day-to-day life, driving is actually one of your biggest health risks. Automobile accidents cause thousands of deaths each year
- Android Auto makes driving safer by allowing drivers to access important information on their smartphones while still keeping their eyes on the road.
- Android Auto is, first and foremost, a platform for sending music through your car stereo. There are other features (like Google Assistant, Maps navigation, etc.), but if you’re an audiophile who just wants to play Spotify or Apple Music through your car speakers via a USB cable or Bluetooth connection, you’ll find that setting up Android Auto is pretty simple.
- You can also connect your phone directly to a compatible car stereo with a 3.5mm aux cable, however, it may not be as easy as using Android Auto.
- While texting and driving is never a good idea, you can still use your mobile device while on the road. In fact, many of today’s newer cars come with additional built-in entertainment options to help keep your eyes focused on where they should be.
For example, Apple CarPlay (for iPhone users) allows you to use an iOS device as a dedicated dashboard display for features like maps, music controls, phone calls, messages, and more.
Other vehicle systems are also available, such as Ford Sync and Toyota Entune. These systems give drivers easy access to their smartphone apps through voice commands or steering wheel buttons.
How To Set Up and Use Android Auto on your phone
Android Auto is a way to use Google Maps, Waze, and other apps on your phone without taking your eyes off of the road. It uses voice commands to control your phone and has been gaining popularity in new vehicles since it launched in 2014.
If you have an Android smartphone, you can set up and use Android Auto on your vehicle’s display screen.
The first step is to download and install Android Auto from Google Play or Apple App Store onto your phone.
You will also need a USB cable for charging or connecting your phone to your vehicle’s display screen. If you don’t already have one, purchase one from any electronics store that sells cell phones and accessories.
Plug one end into your car charger or cigarette lighter adapter (if available) and plug the other end into a USB port on your device.
This process may vary depending on what type of vehicle you drive, so check with your owner’s manual if you are unsure how to do so. Downloading and installing Android Auto will take a few minutes so be patient as it downloads all of its features onto your phone.
When the installation is complete, open Android Auto by tapping on its icon.
Follow the prompts to pair your phone with your vehicle’s display screen. This process varies based on what kind of vehicle you drive, but generally involves tapping pair my device or similar wording when prompted by Android Auto.
After pairing your phone with your vehicle’s display screen, follow any additional prompts to finish setting up Android Auto.
Does CarPlay use a phone or car GPS?
Apple’s CarPlay is a system that will allow you to connect your smartphone to your car’s entertainment system. It comes as an option on some new cars and allows you to access Apple Maps for navigation, send text messages with Siri, listen to music, make calls, and more, all from your dash. Here’s how it works.
Apple’s CarPlay lets you connect your iPhone to your car with a Lightning-to-USB cable and link up to a head unit that supports Apple’s in-car system. With it, you can access Apple Maps for navigation, as well as apps like Spotify for streaming music
CarPlay relies on its own internal GPS rather than the car’s GPS, and it only uses the car’s infotainment dashboard as a display.