Job listing hints at Android “Projected Mode” for vehicle dash integration
If you love being at the forefront of technology, having a smartphone is practically a page-one essential. And in years past, you might have gotten by with just a phone, but now the growing push of connectivity into all aspects of our lives demands outfitting yourself with a smartwatch, and maybe some Google Glass, if you want to really be out on the cutting edge. This expanding field of smart devices has been making its way to automobiles in one form or another for years now, and new developments like Apple’s CarPlay seek to continue giving us new ways to interact with technology. But just as Apple’s dialing-up its interest in vehicles, so too does Google appear to be, and a recent job listing may hint at Android’s expansion into our cars.
This comes to us courtesy of a German job listing from Daimler, which was apparently looking for a software dev to assist with the implementation of a “Google Projected Mode” for its vehicles’ dashboards. After attracting the attention of us smartphone junkies, the listing has apparently been scrubbed of any mention of Google or this Projected Mode (the listing now reads as a more generic call for head unit software engineering), but not before the story broke.
Are we talking full Android on your car’s dash, or a much more streamlined version? Does that “projected” business mean something like full-screen mirroring, or maybe wireless connectivity? For the moment we have more questions than answers, but it seems clear that no matter which side of the iOS/Android fence your interests lie, there are going to be some interesting new ways for cars to interact with your phone.