In the shadow of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto takes advantage of its recent updates to invite itself to a greater number of manufacturers. After BMW, which announced in 2019 the support of Android Auto on some of its vehicles, now Infiniti, Lexus or the very prestigious Ferrari follow in the footsteps of the giant Teuton.
Little by little, Google manages to seduce car manufacturers. If Android Auto remains slightly behind compared to Apple CarPlay, its direct competitor, the latter settles in the passenger compartment of the vehicles of three new manufacturers, and not least: the Japanese Infiniti and Lexus, as well as the Italian Ferrari .
All three Ferrari models in 2019 offer Android Auto
As Android Police points out, these are the models of the lineup 2020 of Lexus which are concerned, in this case the Lexus RX, RC and UX, but also the ES and NX, whose start of production only dates back to last October. Same idea at Infiniti, the lineup 2020 is optionally adorned with the Google system. The Q50, Q60, QX50 and QX80 are part of the lot. At Ferrari, Android Auto is based on the GTC4Lusso, GTC4Lusso T, and on the Ferrari Portofino.
Gradually, the main manufacturers offer support for Android Auto at least as an option. Like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto overcomes the use of smartphones while driving, by displaying essential applications on the dashboard. Enough to respond to important messages or navigate its playlists safely, without really taking your eyes off the road.
What about French brands?
French manufacturers are not outdone in the adoption of Android Auto. To ensure the compatibility of a vehicle with the automotive version of Android, the easiest way is to turn to the first interested party: Google. The Mountain View company feeds a page listing all compatible vehicles, classified by manufacturer and in alphabetical order.
An index available at this address, on which Renault, DS, Citroën, Peugeot or even Dacia figure prominently.
Source: Android Police