Android is a great operating system for mobile devices, but most of us love Android because it can be used for some many different kinds of hardware. Last summer, Google announced Android Auto, which allows you to connect your Android smartphone with an in-dash media player in your car. While the setup does require the user to own an Android phone and physically connect it to the car via USB, the implementation is extremely simple and allows you to use your phone to make calls, listen to music, get turn-by-turn driving directions with Google Maps and even perform hands-free searches with Google Now.
Chevy is one car manufacturer that is showing off its Android Auto integration here at CES. As you can see in the demo video below, Android Auto is quite refined and fairly responsive, but it is limited in what it can do. Google is working with some app developers to make sure the user interface on Android Auto-compatible apps are intuitive and clutter-free since you don’t want to be distracted while using the system while driving.
Chevy isn’t quite ready to talk pricing and availability, but the rep we spoke to confirmed that those details would be revealed next week at the Detroit Auto Show. Android Auto should be available as an upgrade option for most of Chevy’s lineup, but we should hear Android Auto announcements from other car manufacturers next week as well.