Google has recently revealed its Android Auto system, which is a dashboard display system that provides seamless syncing between your smartphone and your car. The belief is that by making it easier to use your smartphone while driving, the number of accidents caused by phone calls, texting and other phone-related activities will drop. How does Android Auto accomplish this? Let's take a look at some of its features to find out.
When you plug your phone into a car with Android Auto, you will be directed to a home screen on the dashboard display. From there, you will be able to use voice commands to do a variety of tasks such as place calls, adjust your audio or bring up Google Maps. The idea behind this system is to allow users to take advantage of smartphone features without removing their eyes from the road. You will be able to perform voice searches to map routes to specific destinations, eliminating the need to type in a location manually. Android Auto will answer your queries using the car's audio system so that you don't have to constantly monitor the dash display. The system will even read your text messages aloud and let you draft responses with the voice recognition feature.
Providing Maintenance Information
Another way Android Auto will help increase safety is by providing information about how well your car is operating. While Google is still working with auto makers to see what kinds of information could be displayed, there are many proposed possibilities. For instance, Android Auto could be used to keep track of regularly scheduled maintenance like oil changes. It could also be used to warn you of problems like low tires or malfunctioning headlights and taillights.
Is Android Auto a Safety Feature or a Marketing Gimmick?
It is difficult to say how much Android Auto will help gadget-happy drivers avoid car accidents. Early in 2014, Apple announced a similar system called "CarPlay," which is drawing criticism from concerned safety groups.
Dictating your text messages to your car might be less distracting than typing them out, but any activity that diverts your attention even a little bit will increase your risk for a car accident. It remains to be seen whether Android Auto or any other smartphone syncing system will have an impact on accidents caused by gadget use while driving.