Google’s next version of Android could see the tech giant’s operating system weave its way far deeper into car manufacturers’ entertainment and operating controls.
The next version of Android, provisionally called Android N, alongside the next Android Auto system, will let drivers control standard features such as sat-nav, music and Bluetooth. However, it will also be able to operate new areas of vehicle functionality, including air conditioning, heated seats, electric windows and even door locks.
New features for Android Auto will also include the 'OK Google' personal assistant service, wi-fi support and real-time navigation information.
Android can't yet control more fundamental elements of the car’s operation such as brakes or safety equipment.
Google revealed Android Auto’s new features at its I/O 2016 conference this week. It has worked with mobile technology company Qualcomm on the joint project using a Maserati Ghibli as its test car. Maserati and Fiat Group have not been involved in the project.