Android is coming to cars near you. Last summer we saw Google share word of Android Auto at I/O, and ever since we’ve been waiting for it to debut in vehicles on the road. Manufacturers have been preparing for its arrival by building support into their dashboard electronics, and today everything’s finally ready to go live, as select Pioneer head units start talking to Android phones.
In order to take advantage of Android Auto right now you’ll need one of the aforementioned Pioneer in-dash units, models like the AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX, or AVH-4100NEX. You’ll also need an Android device running Lollipop in order to communicate with your car’s hardware.
For now, those requirements are going to mean that not a lot of us get to play around with Android Auto, but that situation’s only going to get better as more Auto-compatible head units hit stores and arrive as factory-direct options, and Lollipop updates arrive for additional Android handsets. But once all those pieces finally do fall into place, you’ll be all set to enjoy a voice-driven interactive navigation, entertainment, and communication experience from behind the wheel. And if you’re anything like us, that day can’t come soon enough.