Android Auto Introduction

Introduction

Android Auto extends the Android platform into the car. With a simple interface, standardized user interaction model, and powerful voice actions, it’s designed to help minimize distraction so drivers can focus on the road.

Designing interactive apps for cars is fundamentally different than designing for handheld devices. App content and interactions should complement the driving experience while minimizing driver distraction. UI must be simplified to help keep the driver’s eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

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There are two ways to use Android Auto: on your phone or on your compatible car display.



On a phone screen

Download the Android Auto app on an Android phone, mount the phone in a dashboard dock, and use Android Auto from the phone screen in any car.



On a compatible car display

Connect an Android phone (with the Android Auto app installed)
to a compatible vehicle, and use Android Auto on the vehicle’s
built-in car display.

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Different types of cars support different types of user input. Android Auto apps must work seamlessly with all three types of input.

  • Capacitive touchscreens work like most phone touchscreens.
  • Resistive touchscreens can detect taps and some touch gestures.
  • Rotary controls move focus to one control at a time. Some manufacturers choose to include both rotary and touchscreens in cars.