Google has announced that its Android Auto app is now a standalone app. This means that users will no longer need to have a car with Android Auto in order to use it. All it requires now is for the phone to be able to connect to their vehicle’s system via Bluetooth. In its official blog, the company notes, “we know there are millions of older cars on the road that are not compatible with Android Auto, and many don't have a screen at all. We wanted to bring the same connected experience to these drivers too.”
Android Auto lets users access direction, music and communications without providing too much of a distraction to the driver. Users will be able to access music apps such as Spotify, Pandora or Google Play Music and get turn-by-turn directions via Google Maps. They will also be able to make calls or send text messages via hands-free voice commands. Android Auto was launched in India earlier this year.
Google also noted that it would be enhancing voice commands in the coming weeks. This will allow users to access features like maps, music and messaging by saying “OK Google.” The company says that this will help drivers stay focused on the road