Many ride hailing drivers won’t have to mount their phones in the near future. Google is partnering with Lyft and Kakao Mobility to bring their driver apps to Android Auto sometime this summer. If you work for either service, you’ll accept and navigate rides directly from your car’s touchscreen. This won’t help you much if you’re a passenger, of course, but it will give drivers a much clearer view of the route ahead.
It should be much easier to use wireless Android Auto if you are driving. Motorola is releasing a $90 MA1 adapter on January 30th that enables wire-free use on cars where Android Auto is already available.
The additions come alongside other car-related integrations unveiled at CES, such as starting and unlocking BMW cars, UWB car door access from your pocket and key sharing. Google Assistant car control and YouTube are also coming to compatible cars from Volvo and others. While it will take months for all of Google’s plans to unfold, it’s evident Android is about to play a more important role in vehicles — whether or not you’re at the wheel.
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