Google has just announced availability of the API for Android Auto, their platform for in-car dashes featuring the lovely operating system. Android Auto won’t be home to mind-blowing smart car goodness for the early going. Auto is a very delicate industry to create smart products for, and they want to keep things simple while they look to nurture it. As such, Google’s APIs are limited to two key functions:
- Being able to play and control audio
- Being able to receive messages via audio, and send them via voice
There isn’t much else for a developer to do for Android Auto right now, but if you have an app that could benefit your users while they’re in an Android Auto-equipped vehicle you can get started today (though Google notes you won’t be able to publish apps with features that extend to Auto just yet). We also get the promise that more APIs are sure to come down the line, but this should be more than enough for most developers to get their feet wet with. Check out Google’s Getting Started guide to, well, get started.