Android Auto Puts Google Maps Right in Your Dash

In-car navigation has a checkered history. Unquestionably useful, dashboard GPS systems usually have notoriously clunky interfaces. Settings and destinations can't be accessed outside of the dashboard. And since the software is rarely updated, the maps are often out of date, which can lead to botched directions and situations like this.
For many, the solution is simple: Just use your phone. That way you have access to the best mapping apps, which are constantly updated and show real-time traffic. The problem is, then you're relying on a device that isn't meant to be used while driving: The screen is small, it needs an accessory to stay in place and navigation drains a smartphone battery quickly. Enter Android Auto, Google's solution for extending the Android experience to a car dashboard. Once you connect an Android phone to an Android Auto-equipped vehicle, a few key apps — including, of course, Google Maps — will appear on your dashboard, optimized for the car's hardware.



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