Android Auto is an Android app that you can use either on your phone or on your car display to use your phone in a simpler, safer way. Whether you need to make or answer phone calls, send and receive messages, listen to music, or need directions, Android Auto can let you do that.
Many cars come with Bluetooth, and that is what Android Auto is made to be used with. After downloading Android Auto from Google Play, once the Android phone connects to the car's Bluetooth, the car owner will have the option to automatically launch Android Auto when it connects to the car. Just mount the phone, fire up the engine and the phone opens Android Auto, and you're good to go.
For a lot Android phone users, navigation will be the big sell of Android Auto, with the experience of Google Maps. Furthermore, it's free! According to Pocket-lint, Google is much better at finding up-to-date locations, especially businesses. Navigation is clear with sensible map features and the voice commands are satisfactory. A full run of the features is not yet available, like lane guidance, but traffic is included.
Like Apple's CarPlay, Android Auto also has the call, message, and music commands function. Just by plainly using Google's voice recognition, it allows answering and reading messages and picking a song from a favorite playlist. It supports apps like WhatsApp, Messenger, and Facebook for messages, Spotify and Google Play for for music, just to name a few.
Given these functions mirroring your phone to your car, it's like having your phone in your car and having your car in your phone too! Android Auto is simple and the superb support for voice control means you do not have to touch your phone to do anything. It is designed to minimize distraction so the driver stays focused on the road. That alone saves car owners from tinkering with their phones when driving. Talk about driver and passenger safety!
For a full list of car brands and models with Android Auto, check the Android website.