In 2017, the automotive industry put in place technology that dramatically increased new car and truck sales throughout the country. Most manufacturers instituted CarPlay or Android Auto which enabled the driver to answer calls, play music, get directions, and many other options all by voice command. The ability to utilize your phone without actually having to be distracted was a benefit seen by many automobile enthusiasts.
The technology was created and installed in most automobiles however as with all technology there are glitches. Apple CarPlay seemed to work seamlessly as long the driver made sure that the most recent version of the update for their phone was downloaded and launched.
Android Auto had issues from the beginning. If you had an android phone and your vehicle had the capabilities of connecting your phone, you first were required to download a specific type application and, in most cases, Bluetooth technology from the android phone was not compatible with the computer systems on the automobiles so they had to be connected to the vehicle via a USB cord. This created a demand from android phone users for new technology.
Native Android Auto
Volvo has recently answered the call and now installed the first standalone Android Auto in its new electric car. Although the car will not be released till 2020, this vehicle will have technology that Google has been developing and Volvo has decided to take advantage.
It will work much like the home version of the virtual assistant except the consumer will be able to download apps that are more relevant to what they need while driving their vehicles. No phone necessary as again this is standalone technology.
The technology sector is continuing to attempt to deter distracted driving and Volvo has always been top of their class in safety so it is no surprise that Volvo will be the first to offer this to their customers.