Android Auto or Apple Car Play is a feature of your Android mobile phone where you can use the navigation , calling, music , phonebook , google voice feature of your phone directly to your car screen.

For Android Auto to work you need to have android auto compatible stereo + any android phone with android os 10 or above. If your phone have android 9 or below then you need to download android auto app from paly store. That’s it. You plug in the usb wire from your android auto stereo to the your phone type-c port and it automatically connects your phonebook, calling, default music app and maps app to your car touch screen.

Android auto are mostly connected with wired usb however nowadays wireless android auto too is coming to market or even extension to make your wired android auto into wireless one.

Android Auto is better than android based stereo system as only limited functions from phone are brought to car touch screen to reduce distractions. For eg only youtube music is shown on screen not full youtube which can be distracting to driver of the car.

Android Auto is a mobile application developed by Google that allows users to connect their Android smartphones to compatible in-car infotainment systems. It provides a simplified interface designed for use while driving, allowing drivers to access certain apps and features from their phone on the car’s touchscreen display.

Key features of Android Auto functionality in India include:

  1. Navigation: You can use Google Maps for navigation, which offers real-time traffic updates, turn-by-turn directions, and voice-guided navigation.
  2. Media Control: Android Auto enables you to control music playback from your phone or streaming apps like Spotify, YouTube Music, and more. You can also use voice commands to control media.
  3. Messaging: Android Auto allows you to send and receive messages through supported messaging apps like WhatsApp and SMS. It reads incoming messages aloud and lets you respond via voice commands.
  4. Phone Calls: You can make and receive phone calls while keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. Voice commands are used for dialing, answering, and ending calls.
  5. Voice Assistant: Google Assistant is integrated into Android Auto, allowing you to use voice commands to perform various tasks, such as setting reminders, searching for information, and controlling connected smart devices.
  6. App Ecosystem: While Android Auto’s app ecosystem is more limited compared to your phone, it supports a range of compatible apps, including music, news, and messaging apps. Developers can create apps optimized for the platform.
  7. Notifications: Android Auto displays important notifications on the car’s screen, such as calendar events, reminders, and incoming calls and messages. These are designed to minimize distractions.

To use Android Auto, you’ll need a compatible car infotainment system with Android Auto support, a USB cable to connect your phone to the car, and the Android Auto app installed on your Android smartphone. Some newer cars have wireless Android Auto support, which eliminates the need for a cable connection.

Keep in mind that Android Auto is designed to promote safe driving by reducing distractions, so it offers limited functionality compared to using your smartphone directly. It’s essential to use Android Auto responsibly and follow local laws and regulations regarding the use of mobile devices while driving.