Google I/O 2014: Android Auto in-car walk-through at Google I/O 2014
Google's going after your car's dashboard in a big way this year with Android Auto, facing off with Apple's CarPlay in a battle of dashboard supremacy. There are four cars on the show floor at Google I/O this year, and we climbed into one to get you a full walk-through of the system.
What we're showing right now is an overview screen.
We also have navigation, communication, media, and car apps.
And what you're seeing at the moment are contextually relevant suggestions.
In this case we have a navigation card.
So eight minutes to home.
Sally is a recent phone call that I received, and these are all just presented to me when I connect the phone.
This is Google Play Music if I hit play, you'll see the media coming through the car speaker system.
And all with controls that I would expect to, to see from Google Play Music.
Here I have an overflow screen.
So things like thumbs up, thumbs down, start radio.
Things that I would typically be able to do in Google Play Music on any of my devices.
One of the things we're really excited by is all of third party apps that we've got.
So everything you see on this menu here, are actually apps that are installed on my phone right now.
So as I scroll through I could pick, from any of these.
And what you'll see is that these applications actually have customized UIs.
So if I look at, say, JoyRide, I'll see a very different menu to what we just saw in Google Play Music, but it's really easy for the developer to do this.
So they get control of things like the color, the iconography, the menu structure to provide an experience that's really like their app.
But when in the car.
And if we look at phone.
You can see here, people that I've recently called or received calls from.
Can place calls to them really easily, so I can tap this person to place a phone call.
So obviously you're in a car you wanna go somewhere in this car there's a button the steering wheel to activate the microphone.
So if I tap this.
Navigate to LMO square.
So without having to think about where I'm going very much, I can simply tell the tower I wanna go.
Now what you can see over on the left is the card showing you the next turn you're gonna make.
So not only can we say, that you should turn right in 20th a mile.
But we can actually tell you, you can use any of the three right-most lanes.
So we launched Lane Guard recently in Google Maps navigation.
And we've brought that to Android Auto.
We take a look at the rest of Google Maps.
What we've done is taken aspects of the product that it make it really easy to use, and brought them to the car.
So, for example under Suggestions.
I can see things like home or work, which I can just get to really easily.
Businesses I might have searched for and interacted with recently in Maps.
I can also pull up Categories for example places I might wanna park or get gas, which is really easy to do while you're in the car.
And then finally we can turn road traffic on or off for the entire system.
And then if you're parked and set to do so, you can pull the keyboard up, and start typing just as you would on a mobile phone, so I could start typing, [UNKNOWN] head to the airport, and you see a suggestion can appear, and then you could navigate there.
And of course I can say anything that I would to Google, so I can press the, the button, find Starbucks.
[INAUDIBLE] for Starbucks within 0.7 miles.
And then I can see [UNKNOWN] in Google Maps and navigate there really easily.
So if I receive a text message while I'm driving I'll get one of those heads up notifications at the top, the message gets read out.
I can tap the microphone button and then say reply.
It's up to the car manufacturers how they want to hook up the controls on the steering wheel, against the car system.
So in this particular car the, the microphone button is hooked up, which uses the car's microphone.
But you could have other cars with different controls, that control different aspects of the product.
And from a developer's point of view, that's really a great thing, because when I build the music app, I don't have to think does it have a touch screen?
Does it have a rotary dial?
Does it have a D-pad?
I can simply build the app once and not have to worry too much about the controls.