Polestar 2 all-alectric car
Polestar 2 all-alectric car from Volvo Volvo Cars

While most car owners and drivers enjoy the convenience of Google Maps on their smartphone, all of them are hoping to see Google Maps on their car’s infotainment screen. With Android Automotive, drivers will have more than just a responsive map that will help them get to their destination.

Android Automotive is Google’s first fully functioning car infotainment system. Android Police reported that it has existed for years already, but the earlier version, Auto, wasn’t that good as it had a lot of issues. Automotive, however, shows that Google has worked to bring out an infotainment platform that will satisfy car drivers everywhere.

Android Automotive will run first on the Polestar 2, which will be launched next year. Here’s how Automotive works on the car.

It’s touch and voice operated

The Polestar 2 will have an 11-inch vertically mounted touchscreen that allows drivers to toggle vehicle settings, adjust interior climate, control media playback, and use Google Maps.

Automotive also features a built-in Google Assistant that allows voice commands. Drivers can do a lot of things with Automotive by simply telling it what to do.

It’s Map-centric

Automotive is designed to give drivers the best Google Maps experience they can get on the road. It has its own Maps version that features an easy to use but very informative interface.

For starters, users will find it easier to tap on target locations or destinations on the map. What’s more, Automotive’s Maps will supply drivers with relevant information that includes the distance from the target destination, and the expected amount of battery charge left after arriving there.

Speaking of batteries, Automotive will also help Polestar 2 drivers find charging stations compatible with the car, and will also inform them of the station’s availablility.

It’s best used with an Android smartphone

Automotive uses a registered Android smartphone as a key. Android Authority said Automotive will unlock doors when it recognizes a registered Android smartphone nearby. What’s more, it will remember a registered user’s personalized settings, including car seat adjustments.

It can be used without a consistent internet connection.

Drivers can use Automotive even without an internet connection. Maps can be updated from time to time when connected, and then used offline on the road.

Automotive also allows the use of certain apps whether it’s connected to an Android smartphone or not. Users will be able to play music via Spotify, log-in to Gmail, and use other Google services.

More to come

Android Automotive uses the same framework as Auto, and will allow third-party apps to be made for it. In fact, Engadget said Google has already opened the door for third-party developers to create apps they think will be useful on the Automotive.

That said, car and tech enthusiasts should wait for more details when Polestar releases its first Android Automotive car next year.

Polestar 2
Polestar 2 all-electric car from Volvo Cars. Volvo Cars/ Polestar.com