Android Auto is an app that you can download from the Google Play store that allows for you to mirror your phone’s screen on your Honda’s in-dash display. With this integrated system, you can access all of your favorite apps more safely and efficiently when in your car. The following are the top five Android Auto features you soon won’t be able to live without.
Use of Google Maps
Now on a screen bigger than your phone and conveniently located just before your eyes, you can use Google Maps on your in-dash display to help you get around. You can manually put in an address before you leave your driveway, or you can give a voice command, and you’ll be on your way with step-by-step directions. This awesome Android Auto feature not only is handy, but it also works to help keep you safe and sharp while behind the wheel.
Access to Your Favorite Music
Between the ability to connect to Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, and Spotify, you won’t be short on things to listen to. You can also stay current on world news with apps like NPR. You’ll need to use your phone’s data to search for audio that isn’t downloaded to your phone, but it’s well worth the sacrifice. The interface on your Honda’s in-dash display will make navigating through playlists a breeze.
Ease of Accepting Phone Calls
Similar to receiving a call through your car’s Bluetooth system, Android Auto allows you to answer and make calls through the interface display. You can see who’s calling, listen to voicemails, and chat away, all while you safely drive down the street.
Ability to Send Text Messages
Android Auto also lets you safely send text messages without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the steering wheel. If you have an important message to send, you can simply give a voice command, and the interface will take care of the rest. Just be sure to continue driving safely while you stay connected.
Review an Overview
Sometimes there are days when your phone seems to be ringing off the hook, and it can be tough to keep up with all the notifications that are pouring in. With Overview, your phone and Android Auto work together to produce a clean, easy-to-read list of your notifications for you. Then, you can easily see who is trying to get in touch with you, when you are in need of that information.
Honda is also in the process of creating their own app to give you information on your car’s systems, such as low tire pressure.
Android Auto requires a device that has Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or later. Please also note that when you update your Android operating system or your apps, this will automatically be reflected in your Android Auto interface. Android Auto is compatible with the 2016 Honda Civic and 2016 Honda Accord, and next year you can find it in the all-new 2017 Ridgeline.
By learning how to use this technology, you can be sure that the convenience and ease of your drives will be improved.