Google adds new tweaks to Android Auto interface, allowing fewer distractions while driving / Digital information world


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Google is making a few changes to the Android Auto interface, adding a new dashboard in the process.

As a reminder, using your phone while driving is highly discouraged and bordering on danger. However, given how much of our social life now revolves around technology, the itch of using your phone is still present. Whether it’s the urge to reply to a message, change songs, or fiddle with the GPS, keeping your hands to yourself seems to be the real challenge of driving. Which, to be fair, is a habit that deserves some criticism. Then again, sometimes the use of the phone becomes necessary, and instead of just turning off the phones once they’ve got a figurative foothold in cars, efforts have been made to make their use safer. So, we come to the Android Auto.

Auto was an app in its own right, but was eventually shut down by Google. The interface and features have been combined and made into a subtype of Google Assistant. Auto’s recent interface tweaks are all aimed at ensuring that drivers keep their eyes on the road as much as possible, as the developers working on the project have said. The first of these features that we are going to talk about is the introduction of “accessible and usable maps”. Essentially, the main applications used while driving, such as music player, maps, calls and messages, will all be presented in the form of large boxes. These can be ‘tapped’ while driving, eliminating any need to poke around if someone needs to make a call or change songs. More importantly, it means that drivers focus more of their attention on the road.

Voice commands are also added to the Assistant, which makes using the phone less complicated. For example, saying out loud “Hey Google, let’s drive” will automatically bring up the automatic interface, dashboard and all. The received messages can be read aloud by the assistant, and can therefore see their measured importance without stopping to browse them. Android Auto can also be synced with your respective car’s infotainment screens, with the display and relevant apps moving there and becoming more accessible. You won’t even have to buy attachments to store your phone while driving.

Ideally, you shouldn’t use your phone while driving, since safety rules are broken and all that. Infotainment systems and phone apps become more and more annoying with each new update, and they can slow down driver reactions. A bad day is really all it takes. Therefore, as we conclude our discussion of Auto and its interfaces, please take this farewell phrase as a warning and avoid using your phone while driving.

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