If you’re an Android user who spends a lot of time in your car and on your phone, we have great news for you. On September 19, Google announced a partnership with auto manufacturers Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi to install Google Maps, Google Play Store, and Google Assistant in cars.
Rolling out in 2021, you’ll be able to access these apps on the road, and other apps already on your Android device. This makes things a lot easier for people who drive a lot for work. With Google Assistant, you can stay in the loop with breaking news and developments, make calls, and send texts hands-free.
The auto industry has struggled with whether or not they should hand over the keys to their tech rivals over concerns about the likelihood of digital dashboards and complex car systems becoming buggy. If our phones get glitchy, most times it’s an easy fix, but if a car’s GPS or speedometer has issues it poses a bigger risk.
Another worry was exactly how much control Google would have once given access to cars. To curb the fears, Google offered their services for free. As for the question of the safety of personal data collected from the apps you access, Google will ask your permission first before using or storing the data.
In the golden age of technology, most people expect our modern devices to come with the ability to keep us connected. With the launch of this partnership, Google is happy to meet the demand.