Here's how Google's Android Auto to enhance road safety using AI

Google plans to use artificial intelligence (AI) such as summarising text messages and one-tap location sharing with Android Auto to help enhance road
Google plans to integrate AI into Android Auto to enhance road safety
Google plans to integrate AI into Android Auto to enhance road safety

Google has unveiled plans to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) into Android Auto, aiming to reduce driver distractions and enhance overall safety on the road. The tech giant is set to roll out these new features later this year, with a primary focus on minimising the time drivers spend looking at screens.

One of the key additions to Android Auto is the ability to summarise lengthy messages or chat conversations, providing users with a condensed version that they can listen to while on the move. Moreover, the AI will suggest responses, offering a hands-free and streamlined interaction experience.

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The system will also add context to messages, such as estimating the user's arrival time based on Google Maps data when a friend inquires about their ETA.

In a bid to simplify navigation, Google is also introducing a one-tap feature that allows users to quickly navigate to shared locations without manually entering the information into Google Maps. Furthermore, Google has revealed plans to align the design of Android Auto more closely with users' smartphones.

The dashboard display in the car will mirror the icon style and wallpaper of the connected phone, creating a cohesive and visually integrated experience for drivers.

With these upcoming AI-driven features, Google aims to further establish Android Auto as a leading choice for drivers seeking a connected and intelligent in-car experience while prioritising safety on the road.

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Besides integrating AI, Google also announced that Android Auto is set to receive a series of notable upgrades, with a focus on enhancing the experience for electric vehicle (EV) users and expanding integration with top car brands.

The upcoming features, set to debut initially on the Ford Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning in the coming months, will allow electric vehicles compatible with Android Auto to share real-time battery information with Google Maps.

This integration aims to streamline the EV driving experience by providing users with crucial information such as their estimated battery level upon arrival at their destination. Furthermore, the system will suggest optimal charging stops along the route and provide estimates on how long the charging process will take based on the specific vehicle's characteristics.

In a move to make Android Auto even more widespread, Google has revealed plans to extend its built-in integration to many leading car brands, offering seamless access to popular apps like Google Maps and Google Assistant directly from the car's display. This feature is expected to launch soon across additional top car manufacturers, including Nissan and Lincoln.

For users who want to make trip planning more convenient, new functionality allows them to send planned trips directly from their phone to Google Maps on the car display, providing a smooth transition between devices and ensuring a hassle-free journey.

Notably, Google is also rolling out new apps on Google Play that are optimised for in-car use. When parked, users can make the most of their time by safely browsing content on Chrome and enjoying shows from popular platforms such as PBS KIDS and Crunchyroll.

First Published Date: 24 Jan 2024, 13:29 PM IST

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