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Open Automotive Alliance

An affiliation of auto industry and technology companies that supports the hands-free operation of Android applications in vehicles. Founding members include Google, NVIDIA, GM, Honda, Audi and Hyundai. See Android Auto.

Android Auto

The hands-free integration of Android devices into a vehicle's in-dash head unit. Governed by the Open Automotive Alliance and starting with Android Version 5.0 (Lollipop), Android Auto lets drivers and passengers use Google to ask a question, employ Google Maps and play music via Google and other compatible apps. Introduced in 2014, cars began to deploy Android Auto in 2015. Contrast with CarPlay.

Google Maps on the Dash
Cars with Android Auto do not need a built-in navigation system to give the driver a larger readout of Google Maps. This 2017 Honda CR-V actually has a built-in nav but also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

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