BMW will be introducing Android Auto to its range of vehicles from the middle of 2020, the manufacturer announced.
The system will allow drivers to wirelessly connect their Android smartphone to their vehicles, therefore giving them access to various aspects of their phone’s features through the car’s central display, as well as the instrument cluster’s info and head-up display.
The service also includes Google Assistant voice commands, which makes it easy for motorists to ‘get directions, keep in touch and stay productive’.
Patrick Brady, vice president of engineering at Google, said: “We are excited to work with BMW to bring wireless Android Auto to their customers worldwide next year.
“The seamless connection from Android smartphones to BMW vehicles allows customers to hit the road faster while maintaining access to all of their favourite apps and services in a safer experience.”
However, the wireless version of Android Auto doesn’t work with all Android phones. Compatible devices include the Google Pixel range, Google Nexus 5X and 6P, Samsung S8 onwards and Samsung Note 8 onwards.
The news follows BMW revealing it would no longer charge customers to use Apple CarPlay in its cars.
All vehicles with BMW Operating System 7.0 will have Android Auto available from July 2020.
December 12, 2019