Google at I/O 2021 announced today that there are over 100 million compatible Android Auto cars on the road, while providing an update on growing support and new features like instrument cluster integration.
Every major car manufacturer supports Android Auto today, with Porsche being the latest partner this summer on the 2022 Porsche 911. Meanwhile, the company says the “vast majority” of new vehicles will feature Android Auto wireless, with GM, Ford, and Honda touted as supporting the wire-free approach that obviates wires.
In terms of what comes next for Android Auto, Google touts an upcoming integration with the instrument cluster. This feature was demoed today on the BMW iX to bring Google Maps to the screen in front of drivers. The map will adapt to different, user-selectable BMW layouts. More functions will eventually come to this cluster, with EV charging and parking app examples cited.
Additionally, BMW will also support Fast Pair for quickly connecting your phone and vehicle for wireless Android Auto and Bluetooth streaming.
More about Android Auto:
- Android Auto to add support for Work Profiles, removes Play Music mention [APK Insight]
- This $15 gadget enables fast charging while using wired Android Auto
- Android Auto Wireless expands to the 2022 Honda Civic, but only in ‘Touring’ trim
- ChargePoint comes to Android Auto w/ support for finding a nearby EV charger
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