Google ‘Android Auto’ screencasts your phone to the car

Posted Jun 25, 2014

At the Google I/O event, Google announced a new Android-based screencasting feature for vehicles called “Android Auto.” The service sounds just like Apple CarPlay. This means that you can access the music, navigation, and communication features from your phone in your car.


Android Auto casts the Android phone “experience” to Android Auto vehicles dynamically. This turns your car into a receiver that is powered by the phone. The feature is compatible with steering wheel-based buttons.

There are tabs for Google Maps, phone calls, and music. The user interface could be improved over time by upgrading your phone. You can have messages read back to you and dictate replies. Google has created a separate SDK for Android Auto.