Back at I/O 2014, Google released a new product called Android Auto, which brings a custom version of Android to infotainment systems that cars use. Instead of completely replacing the infotainment systems that auto manufacturers develop and use, Android Auto is instead offered as an additional service, in which companies must make capable for each model that they produce.
Android Auto is enabled by connecting a capable Android smartphone running the Android Auto app into the cars USB socket, which then enables Android Auto on the cars infotainment display. The process is often viewed as clunky and tedious, as you have to plug your phone in every time you get in the car to use Android Auto. However, some companies have been looking at ways to make the process wireless, and it looks like that will soon be a reality, as a company by the name of JVCKENWOOD will have two wireless Android Auto receivers on display at CES 2018.
One of the first models being introduced by the company will be under the KENWOOD brand, while the other one will be branded as a JVC unit. According to the press release, the KENWOOD model is the higher-end version with a 12800 x 720 wide-angle LCD display and both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. When looking at the JVC unit, it features a 6.8-inch LCD display which features Wi-Fi connectivity for Android Auto. According to CNET, the JVC unit will feature a less-impressive 720p resolution display.
There will also be some other developments for Android Auto at the worlds largest technology trade show, also known as CES. For example, Mitsubishi will be showcasing their Eclipse Cross model with a factory-installed infotainment system with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support alongside a touchpad controller with CarPlay connectivity.
CES is about a week away, so stay tuned to TechDependent for all of the news updates that will occur. In the meantime, what do you think of wireless Android Auto support? Will it make your life easier? Let us know in the comments down below or on any of our social media pages.