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Don't Touch That Phone!

Posted by: Hayley Feichter

AA-2Google is making it easier for drivers to use their phone while driving without looking at it thanks to an update to Android Auto.

When the app was introduced a year ago, many automakers jumped at the chance of allowing drivers to interact with their phones through the vehicle's Bluetooth system and central display screen. But the original app left users of older vehicles or cars without display screen behind.

With the introduction Android Auto 2.0, drivers can have a connected driving experience without the price tag of a new car. Using Android Auto 2.0 the phone becomes the display screen and interaction is limited to navigation, audio, phone calls and spoken text messages.

"This update allows anyone with an Android phone (running 5.0 or later) to use a driver friendly interface to access the key stuff you need on the road - directions, music, communications - without the distraction of things that aren't essential while driving" said Gerhard Schobbe, Product Manager, Android Auto, in a press release about the app launch this morning.

The app uses few buttons, instead adopting voice commands for operation. Android Auto can read and respond to text messages, verbally flip through music playlists and explain turn-by-turn directions on Google maps all by saying "Ok Google". Hopefully this app can help alleviate distracted driving and the many frustrations of messing around with often touchy or outdated technology. 

For many drivers in states like Illinois where you can only operate your cell phone through voice commands while driving Android Auto 2.0 is a game changer. With Android Auto 2.0, now you can get directions, listen to your favorite streaming music, place and receive phone calls and check and respond to text messages all without taking your eyes off the road. 

You can download the Android Auto app from Google Play


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