After the news of Android that is on the way that Google has just announced, the company has not wanted to miss the important showcase of CES 2022 to also present the news that will also reach our cars throughout this 2022.

Google has presented some of the novelties for vehicles with Android Auto and the new Android Automotive, with new features to improve the user and driving experience.

Your Android mobile as your car key

Since late last year, the Pixel 6 and Samsung Galaxy S21 can open the door to compatible BMWs. Now Google announces that throughout this year it will bring this functionality to more mobiles and cars with ultra-broadband technology (UWB) so that more users can open and start their car without having to carry their car keys with them, or share the digital car key safely with trusted friends and family.

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More useful driving with Android Auto

Google reports that Android Auto is available in nearly 150 million cars around the world, and that major brands are incorporating Android Auto Wireless to its newer models. With the help of Fast Pair it will be easier to link the mobile with the car without using a cable. This last feature is already available on select BMW and Ford models, but there will be more in the future.

For unsupported vehicles, the Motorola MA1 wireless adapter has arrived on the market, which adds wireless Android Auto compatibility to those models that require connecting the mobile via USB in order to use Android Auto.

Lyft Driver App In Android Auto

Google also announces that it has partnered with Lyft and Kakao Mobility to integrate their driver apps into Android Auto so that drivers can view and accept rides directly from their car screen. Applications such as MochiMochi, Fuelio and Prezzi Benzina also arrive to search and pay for all kinds of car services and keep track of your mileage and costs.

New capabilities for cars with integrated Google


Polestar, Volvo Cars and General Motors are the first manufacturers to bet on Android Automotive, the by Google integrated as Google is now calling this version of its operating system for cars.

Google reports that with Integrated Google Play cars will be able to download navigation apps like Sygic and Flitsmeister, charging apps like ChargePoint and PlugShare, parking apps like SpotHero and ParkWhiz, and point of interest apps. By the end of the year there will be in-car video entertainment apps while parked. Volvo Cars will be the first to launch the application of YouTube for parked cars.

The Google integration will allow you to control the car’s settings with the, such as lane keeping assistance until the verification of the expiration date of your next service.

Smart home meet the smart car

Finally, not only will you be able to control the functions of the car from the vehicle itself, but you will also be able to control some car functions from home. Google Home will allow you to control your car remotely such as asking the Google Assistant to heat or cool the car from home, so that when we go down to the street or the parking lot it is already at a comfortable temperature. Volvo Cars will be the first manufacturer to debut this feature

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