How smart is your car? If you’re still running around in some old clunker, probably not very, but as drivers move to newer vehicles, more and more are being exposed to dashes loaded with connectivity options – and especially those that link up with our smartphones. Over the past year or so, we’ve been tracking been tracking a growing number of vehicles with either Android Auto or CarPlay support (and often both), but getting set up with one of these systems isn’t just a question about choosing the right car; there are also geographical restrictions to consider. Today, though, Google just announced a big push forward in global Android Auto availability, adding support in eighteen new nations.
Previously, if you wanted to take advantage of Android Auto it meant being a driver in Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy , Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States.
To that list, Google’s adding Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Switzerland, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, India, Panama, Peru, Paraguay, Russia, Uruguay, and Venezuela. And while the US was already a part of Google’s coverage, now Android Auto is also expanding to Puerto Rico.
Google’s tweet announcing the news doesn’t suggest this is some “in the months to come” situation, and users in these nations should start being able to link up with Android Auto straight away.
Source: Google (Twitter)