Android Auto is one of the coolest things Google is doing right now, but it’s also one of the most difficult things to try for yourself. In order to use Android Auto you need a phone running Lollipop and an expensive aftermarket head unit for your car. Why should we have to buy a display to put in our vehicles when we already carry a display around with us everywhere?
Many people have complained about the fact that Android phones can’t display the Android Auto interface. All you would need is a simple car mount and it would work just the same. That’s exactly what you can do with a new app called AutoMate. The app is not official, so there are a few kinks (it launches Maps and music apps externally).
AutoMate gives you easy access to Google Maps navigation, phone, music, and favorite apps for driving. It’s a nice, clean, distraction-free interface to use while you should be concentrating on the road. To give AutoMate a try you’ll need to join the Google+ beta community and then opt-in to test the app from Google Play. Drive safely!