Google opens access to Android Auto for third-party navigators

Google in the new version of the Android Auto application has opened access to software created by third-party developers. Now, the system may include third-party navigation programs, as well as services for finding parking and charging stations.

After the publication of the Android for Cars application library, the developers have prepared many new programs, according to the Android development division. Some of them are already available to all Android Auto users without the need to become a beta test participant.

Previously, only branded navigators Google Maps and Waze worked in the system.

Android Auto was introduced in 2015. The application allows you to connect the driver’s smartphone to the standard car multimedia system and use it while driving to use some of the programs installed on the mobile device. The list of software allowed in Android Auto was limited. Most of it came from Google’s own stock apps for Android smartphones.