Thanks to Android Auto, you can transform your car’s head unit into an advanced navigation and infotainment system. Essentially just an app, Android Auto works by mirroring information like turn-by-turn directions and incoming/call notifications from a connected Android smartphone (running Lollipop or above) onto the vehicle’s dash unit, provided the same is compatible with Android Auto.
Ever since it was announced about three years ago, over four hundred models from numerous car makers have come to support Android Auto. However, Toyota, one of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers, has refused to let Google’s in-car information system be used in its cars. Now, if a new report is to be believed, that may finally change.
Citing a person familiar with the matter, a Bloomberg report has claimed that Toyota has finally agreed to allow Android Auto in its vehicles. The move comes after the automaker allowed Apple’s CarPlay in-car information system to be used in its cars, earlier this year. Before that, both iOS and Android’s solutions could connect with Toyota vehicles only through SmartDeviceLink, a telematics system designed by Ford Motor Company.
All said, there’s no information (yet) as to which specific Toyota cars will have Android Auto support, and whether the feature would be made available in cars from Lexus, Toyota’s luxury marque.
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Although it is supported by many cars currently available in India, according to Android Auto’s website, there’s only one Indian automobile manufacturer – Mahindra – that has support for it.