Without a doubt, one of the best things about Tesla is the car8217;s infotainment system and, specifically, the ability to watch films and browse the web while you8217;re parked up or charging the car8217;s batteries. Now, Google has announced plans for a similar feature in Android Automotive, alongside a big redesign for Android Auto, and we can8217;t wait to try it out.
At the recent Google I/O developer conference, Google showed off plans to make more devices compatible with Google Cast, this included vehicle displays.
This was just a single sentence in the presentation, so we don8217;t have too much information at the moment, but this, in theory, means that once you8217;ve parked your car you8217;ll be able to select a film or YouTube video on your phone and cast it to your car8217;s infotainment screen – giving you the ability to watch content on the large display in your vehicle – similar to Tesla.
It looks like this feature will only be coming to Android Automotive for the time being – Google8217;s full car operating system – rather than Android Auto, which is just an app that runs on top of your car8217;s operating system.
Nevertheless, this is a very exciting upgrade for drivers, as it means that they8217;re not limited to apps specifically developed for the platform – you don8217;t have to wait for Netflix, Disney+, or BBC iPlayer to develop their individual apps – you can simply cast from your phone.
This gives you a massive library of content to watch in your car. I think I8217;d start by watching; Cars, the 2006 Pixar film on Disney+; the music video for Cars by Gary Numan on YouTube; and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt again on Netflix, just because I really like that show.