During the Google I/O 2019 conference, Alphabet's Chief Executive, Sundar Pichai, stated that Google's current goal is “to build a more helpful Google for everyone.” Among the areas Google wants to make easier within daily life is the daily task of driving a car.
Car technologies, among numerous others, were on full display at Google’s major annual conference in Mountain View, California, as software developers from around the world gathered to learn more about the tech giant’s latest platform enhancements.
And those developers are clearly fascinated. A display of various Google automotive efforts drew long lines of people at the conference who wanted to get a close look at how it all works in actual cars. The popular demonstrations included a Hyundai Kona outfitted with Android Auto and various other technologies such as Google Assistant and Maps used in the Polestar 2 electric car (below).
Two years ago, Google introduced Android Automotive OS, software which allows phone apps to operate in car infotainment units. A few days before this week’s big event, Google opened Android Automotive to app developers. The move is an acknowledgment that in creating products for the automotive market, the in-vehicle platform experience needs to be as fresh and dynamic as what users have come to expect from their own smartphones.
At a recent Google I/O session, company executives highlighted their expectations that developers will embrace the opportunity to contribute new mapping and communications solutions for the automotive platform. This would be on top of the existing Android Auto framework which already supports different screen sizes and input methods.
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