Along with the release of Android 5.0 comes Android Auto. Google created it to allow users to safely use Android applications while driving. The newly released Auto APIs will allow developers to create or extend current Android applications to interface with their cars.
Google is keeping a tight hold on what will be allowed with Android Auto. Currently only audio and messaging applications are supported, although other types may be allowed in the future. Without support for third-party navigation, users have little other choice than to use Google Maps.
User interface and experience are deliberately fixed. Google predetermines screen layout and navigation, leaving very little room for customization. By doing so, all apps will be familiar and users will spend only the minimum amount of time required to do an action. Users can navigate applications using their car’s dials and buttons or through Google Voice. This allows drivers to give their maximum amount of focus to driving.
With the audio API, users have the same sort of control over their data as they would on their phone or any other device. Searching, play, pause, and skip are all actions that can be done by the push of a well-placed button or via Google Voice.
In order to make the application safer and hands-free, voice is also incorporated into messaging. Users can be audibly notified of incoming messages, have them read aloud, and can use voice to text to send a reply.
Stay Ahead of the Competition
Given the increase in Android Market share, it only makes sense to add Auto support to any applications that use audio or messaging. Doing this keeps your application ahead of the curve. When Google Play begins allowing Auto apps to be published, yours can be among the first!