Latest Android Auto version eschews the need for a compatible car image

Google’s newest update to the Android Auto application allows any driver to use the suite without even having a model that has built-in compatibility.

If we remember a recent study many car owners are using the smartphone navigation solution – even when their vehicle is embedded with a GPS solution of its own. The manufacturers, alongside technology giants Apple and Google attempted to mediate the issue by offering smartphone-like experiences on the dashboard through Android Auto and CarPlay – mirroring important functions from the phones to the car’s infotainment system. But that means only new cars can take advantage of the solution – with tens of millions older cars that won’t join the party.

Google has now found a solution – the latest update for the app lets users rely entirely on their phones. Anyone with an Android phone running 5.0 or newer enjoy “a driver friendly interface to access the key stuff you need on the road ― directions, music, communications ― without the distraction of things that aren’t essential while driving.” Android Auto functions can be used even without a car now – and the updated app also has things like Spotify, Pandora, or Google Play Music, as well as hands-free voice commands – besides turn-by-turn navigation command thanks to Google Maps.