Android Auto levels up its navigation, charging. Good news for electric car drivers

"An Android phone running Android 10+ with a data plan needed," says Google.

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Key notes

  • Google announced a lot of updates to its Android Auto app.
  • Within this update, you can share your battery information in real-time with Maps.
  • Besides, Chrome browser is also rolling out to a lot of cars with Google built-in.

Google took center stage at CES 2024 this week. And if you’re an electric card driver, the company’s update of the Android Auto app is making navigation and battery monitoring a lot easier.

Starting now, Android Auto-friendly EV cars can share their battery information in real-time with Google Maps. This change will first roll out to the Ford Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning, and more will follow. 

It’s not just that. You can send planned trips from your phone to your car display using Maps. Chrome browser is coming to cars, starting with Polestar and Volvo, and expanding to more models this year. 

Also, The Weather Channel, PBS KIDS, and Crunchyroll are now available on cars with Google built-in.

Digital car keys are also expanding to select Volvo cars and more brands soon. You can unlock, lock, and start the car with supported Android phones, and securely share keys with friends and family on iOS or Android phones.

And it’s not the only company that had its moment at AI-centered CES this year. Samsung also announced its AI for All vision, and from the look of it, the South Korean company wants to apply the new tech to gadgets of every day’s life like the Bespoke 4-Door Flex Refrigerator and the Galaxy Book4.