Android Auto, Coming Soon to a Car Near You

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Google announced Android Auto yesterday at Google I/O, and while it might make you think of self-driving cars, it’s actually something altogether different.

Android Auto aims to smarten up your car, and it’s something you’re going to want to get excited about. Auto syncs up to your Android handset through a USB cable when you get into your car, and transforms the chat’s cars display into one big UI. You’ll drive the car, but your voice will drive the interface and from what we’ve seen so far, it looks like a match made in heaven.android.auto

The new platform will let you handle calls hands free, but you’ll also be able to deal with incoming messages the same way. Want to take a trip? No problem as you’ve got Google Maps all synced up and at the ready. It’ll handle music of course, and you better believe it will all sync up with Android Wear smartwatches as well. Want apps? It’ll have plenty of those as well.

Google is to attempting to give users an uninterrupted Android experience from the time they get up, until they get in their car and head off for the day. The commercial you see below illustrates that point better than we ever could. It also gives you an idea of what Android Auto can do around the 1:10 mark.

Getting excited yet? We are, and so are a slew of auto makers considering they’ve already sold Ford, Audi, Chevy, Honda, Nissan, Volvo, Volkswagon and a slew of others on the idea. The first Android Auto equipped vehicles are actually set to roll off assembly lines before the end of the year.

It’s an exciting time to be a fan of technology regardless of your platform of choice. Google hasn’t mastered the self-driving car yet, but Android Auto is most certainly the first step towards that driverless future.

Adam is a tech aficionado and Android enthusiast. When he's not checking out new tech, you can find him playing poker or binge-watching shows on Netflix.