Google will make it possible for third-party developers to create apps for the Android Auto infotainment system.
The idea here is to create an app ecosystem on Android Auto like the one you find on your phone. If you don’t like a specific app for your navigation system, for example, you could download a new app that was created by an external developper. The Polestar 2 will be the first model to feature the new third-party apps.
Android Auto and Apple Carplay current replicate a portion of your phone and apps on your vehicle’s infotainment system screen, but there are no specific apps created for these systems directly. With Google’s announcement reported by Engadget, developers will be able to create audio and navigation apps as well as apps for plenty of other applications for Android Auto specifically. The first apps will be created for the Polestar 2 EV that’s planned for 2020.
It’s interesting that in a world where we are trying to reduce driving distractions, we are entering a phase where new apps will be developed for our vehicles. It’s no secret that some infotainment systems require as much attention and distract as much as using your phone while driving. Will these new third-party apps create even more distractions? Only time will tell.