Following Android Automotive’s launch with the Polestar 2, Google released a support page for car owners. It specifically focuses on how to use Google Assistant, Maps, and the Play Store, starting with the set-up process.
Like an Android phone, you’re able to use some capabilities without signing in to an account, which must be a personal one and not G Suite for work or school. On-screen instructions vary by model, but it starts with selecting your language, signing-in, accepting terms, setting up Assistant, and downloading apps from Google Play.
The actual log-in will present a “Sign in with Android phone” option — which generates a notification on your device — or “Sign in with iPhone” via a QR code. There are three core Android Automotive experiences:
- With Assistant built into your car, you can navigate, make calls, control vehicle temperature, and play music without your phone. Learn which cars are compatible.
- For easy and reliable navigation, use the Google Maps app in your car. Maps will guide you with real-time traffic information to find the best route to your destination.
- In cars that have the Google Play Store built in, you can find and download apps for music, podcasts, navigation, and more.
Notable highlights on the support page include:
- On-device Google settings are available
- Voice commands available offline include placing calls, turning on the AC, navigating to the nearest gas station, and playing the radio
- One integrated Maps feature is being able to “find your car’s battery level on arrival, get important battery alerts, and find compatible charging stations.”
- You can download collections of apps en masse on the Play Store
- “If none of these steps work, try to turn your car’s engine off and then on. Then try to download the app again.”
More about Android Automotive:
- Android Automotive will run natively on vehicles from Vauxhall, Opel, Peugeot, more
- Chevrolet, Cadillac, and other GM cars to start using Android Automotive in 2021
- Android Automotive media apps that will be available at Polestar 2 launch detailed
- Volvo is using Android Automotive in its electric XC40 SUV [Video]
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