What's New with Android for Cars (Google I/O'19)

[Music] hello good afternoon my name is Miki Kataria and welcome to the Android for car session at Google i/o thank you it's hard for me to believe that this is now our sixth year at Google i/o talking about Android and cars here is our first time back in

2014 when we unveiled Android auto on stage at Moscone in San Francisco a fun fact from that day by the way the sled that we had up on stage was actually one of our first test Kia Soul cars that we transformed specifically for that purpose rest assured it

since found a happy home in our team area where we still use it every day for demos and testing even before Android auto our investments and commitments in the industry go back almost 15 years at Google we know that cars stay on the road for a very long

time and are an important part of people's daily lives that's why over the last decade we've continued to only increase our investments and broaden our partnerships with the automotive industry when we expect that trend to continue for the coming decade as well one thing that's remained constant throughout

all of those years is our vision and that is to bring a safe and seamless connected experience into every car a big part of making that experience and this vision a reality is to have a consistent reliable and extensible platform like Android that enables us to bring modern

services easily into the car with Android as an underlying platform we think we can seamlessly connect the users digital life from outside of the car to what's happening inside of the car what that means is the same apps and services that you use on your phones laptops other

smart devices those same apps and services can be brought easily into the car with Android as a shared underlying platform and if we do our job well we think that the experience in the car will be very personalized and deeply integrated I've personally had the opportunity to build

and shape many of the in-car products that we brought to market over the years and they've gone agone through three three phases of investment we started back in 2005 when we first worked with Audi and VW to bring Google Earth into their cars it's a great product it's

still on the road today many drivers still going with it but the challenge was taking a desktop app a client app like Google Earth and porting it to run on a proprietary platform that required a lot of effort and we found it virtually impossible to keep the software

up to date over time so we pivoted in our second phase of investment to a different approach we started to open up cloud-based api's primarily in maps and local so that connected cars could pull in specific features like Street View as shown here and incorporate them and tie

them into the built in car navigation systems you can see many of these cars on the road today and from partners like Tesla BMW Mercedes and many more and while the API approach meant that we didn't have to port any client software into cars what we didn't anticipate

was how ubiquitous and common smartphones would become over that period of time so much so that drivers were increasingly turning to familiar and intuitive applications on their phones even when they had access to these in-car advanced navigation systems so finally in our third and most recent phase of

investment what brings us here today we looked at the phone strategy and we saw how important it was to have an Android as a common platform that could enable us and developers everywhere to bring services modern services easily into the car and build great up-to-date experiences and that

is how we started the effort to bring Android into cars one of the first investments behind in car products is on the phone screen itself with more than 1 billion cars on the road today we know that the phone is a part of many many drives already and

we want to do our part to make that experience safer as well at the i/o keynote this morning you heard about the Google assistance driving mode here you see it displayed in a dark theme this driving mode is a new way to use your phone in a safer

and helpful way in your car this project brings together the best of designing for a driving experience from several teams across Google including the Android auto team and it also represents the next step and evolution of the Android auto phone screen experience stay tuned for more details as

we migrate users from the Android auto phone screen experience to the Google assistance driving mode later this year beyond the phone screen we have two major products for the car screen itself the first is Android auto which we unveiled in 2014 and launched to consumers in 2015 this

has Android auto technology running on the phone and integrating with compatible cars to bring your favorite apps and services directly to the car screen and then you can interact with these apps and services in a natural way using your car's touchscreen rotary controller or otherwise meanwhile all the

software is running on the phone it's exciting for us to see that since 2015 Android auto has become virtually an industry standard and it's also humbling for us to see that consumers will increasingly not buy a new car if it ships without Android auto the second major product

for the car screen is the Android automotive OS this is Android running in the car as the embedded entertainment platform and it powers a a much deeper more seamless experience for everything from navigating with Google Maps to listening to music with Spotify to controlling vehicle functions like cabin

or seat temperature we can also enable richer user experiences like showing contextual visual maps as you see in the cluster display here as infotainment itself expands from being in one central screen to multiple screens and gets more deeply integrated into the car as well and unlike Android auto

your apps and services are running on the car so it doesn't matter what kind of phone you have or even if you forgot your home phone at home the name Android automotive OS by the way is directed primarily towards developers so that they know the underlying platform for

which they're developing their services is based on Android we think consumers are more likely to notice familiar brands that they already use on their smart devices like Google Maps or I Heart Radio or Spotify when they're in the market looking at one of these cars that's powered by

Android under the hood one of the questions that we sometimes get when we talk about these two projects side-by-side is is Android automotive OS going to replace Android auto the short answer is no we think that both products both experiences will continue to grow for a long time

and ultimately offer both users and our OEM partners a choice in what to bring into the car we also think that the phone in the car will actually work together better over time to create the best experience possible for drivers and passengers you can see some of that

today already as cars rely on phones for things like making phone calls and we think that experience will get better and tighter so with that when you do have your phone with you the entire experience of the phone of the car working together will be truly seamless so

with that I want to focus on Android auto for a couple of minutes and talk about the fantastic momentum that we've been seeing over the last year and I'll touch on how the momentum is coming together through gross hardware and software in terms of global reach Android auto

is available today in 36 markets we added five more markets in the last few months and rest assured we know that there are many more markets to reach out there and we are working hard to get into many many more of those by in the coming months on

the partnership front Android auto is already available in more than 500 car models from more than 50 different brands earlier this year Toyota announced that they will be shipping cars with Android auto from later this year we are very very excited to have them on board and working

together to reach more and more drivers with Toyota on board nearly every major global automotive OEM is now shipping Android auto compatible cars and together these committed partners represent more than 95 percent of the industry so thank you to our amazing partners for helping us bring this a

fantastic safe and seamless experience to every driver on the road Google i/o would of course not exist without developers and we've already seen fantastic momentum here and it's one of the great reasons for the success of Android auto we're continuing to see many many more apps join the

Android auto list of compatible apps and I just want to highlight a few notable names that have appeared over the last year with our launch in South Korea we saw local media apps bugs and melon support Android auto and we also welcomed Apple music YouTube music and Google

podcasts to the list of compatible apps thank you to all the amazing developers for helping make Android auto such a fantastic experience for drivers out there we have a dedicated session for you also tomorrow morning where we talk much more about how to build and adapt your car

your app for cars and we continue to invest in making our platform and enabling newer and better experiences on top of the solid base that we've already built together all of these great partnerships and new markets add up to one big number for us we are on track

to have Android auto in more than 100 million cars in the next year we are super proud and excited to be able to get this far with all of your support as I said in the beginning we know that being an automotive requires a long-term commitment so getting

from our first car in 2015 to our hundred millionth car in 2020 hopefully shows you that we are here for the long run switching to hardware improvements that are allowing us to reach more drivers we recently launched support for a touchpad as an input mechanism so if you

have a car with one of these devices you can now effortlessly navigate the Android auto UI we expect more of our partners to be shipping touchpad in their cars so enabling this now lets us reach more drivers and more users and for more cars starting today the wireless

support which we announced last year has been an absolute game changer for how you use this product you no longer have to take the phone out of your pocket or your bag and plug it in you can get in your car and have Android auto or ready to

go by the time you want to drive we've already seen great support from partners like JVC Kenwood and Pioneer who have been shipping aftermarket head units over the last year and if you are in the market for a new car you'll be excited to know that the first

cars with Android auto wireless support built-in will be shipping before the end of this year I'm switching to software improvements we've hit some pretty big milestones just since last year and I want to highlight a couple of things first we launched a new and improved UI for browsing

and playback of media second we launched support for search in media apps so that a driver can easily find the exact song or podcast that they're looking for and third we launched an enabled support for group messaging so it's much easier to stay in touch with friends and

family when you're on the go with a voice powered experience we also released an update recently for wide screens where Android auto can now offer a much better seamless experience for ultra wide screens as shown here you can also have maps and media running side-by-side allowing the driver

to accomplish more tasks easily while keeping their focus on the road so beyond some of these features we also continue to invest deeply in our core UI for Android auto yesterday we announced some big design improvements to the Android auto experience that make it easier for consumers to

see and access the apps and information that they want so I'd like to invite Ian Barlow one of our lead designers who's been working on many of these changes that come and share some more about what we're doing here thanks Mickey we have a lot of really big

changes coming to Android auto soon and I'm so excited to show them to you today but before I do I'd like to talk a little bit about how we got to them give you a little bit of the backstory you know as Mickey mentioned Android auto has really

become an industry standard for automotive infotainment experiences people are actually basing their new car purchase decisions on whether the car has Android auto well that's amazing but we also know that there's still room for improvement and we haven't gotten everything right along the way we've heard from our

users that there are some core usability problems with the current system and it hasn't really been updated in the last four years and it feels kind of out of date and so we've been thinking about this a lot how do we evolve the user experience of the product

to feel more intuitive and how do we elevate the design language to feel more modern and like it's actually made for the car you know some of you may even remember last year at i/o we previewed some of the concepts that we've been working on well today I'm

gonna go into a lot more detail and show you specifically what's coming next on Android auto we've completely overhauled the design language we've built a system that's more scalable and flexible and adapts to more screen sizes and inputs and we've refined a lot of those usability issues and

crafted an experience that's much more intuitive and feels like a natural extension of your phone in the car so let's start with the design language you know for those of you that use Android auto you probably know it looks like an earlier version like earlier material design product

that's really bright poppy colors that's kind of a lighter UI theme and it looks pretty googly but it also doesn't really like fit that well in the car it looks a little bit out of place and so we've been thinking about that a lot and we we set

out to refine the design language we wanted to make something that felt were seamlessly integrated into the car and so we drew a lot of our inspiration from automotive interior design the dark color palettes and neutral themes sophisticated materials the way textures and accent colors draw attention to

core functions but that the whole experience is designed to sit back and focus the drivers attention on the road and we took that inspiration and we combined it with the best of material design to craft an all new Google design language for driving a dark UI theme that

looks right at home in the car and so to do that we actually adapted parts of material design we took the gray values that existed today and we expanded them to create a richer spectrum in the dark ranch that helped us build a more flexible UI and something

that looks much more sophisticated we even refined the material accent blue to make sure that it displayed properly in cars and met contrast we've also improved the legibility of the system by moving to more extended typefaces like Roboto regular and medium and even Google sans we also layered

that into a type scale that's easily glanceable and adheres to our strict driver distraction and safety guidelines and so all of this coalesces into a new visual system that looks right at home in the car minimizes distraction and it looks gorgeous now this new system is also designed

to be much more scalable and designed so that it can fit into the wider and larger and taller screens that are coming into cars today so the idea is you can plug your phone into any car and it always be recognizably Android auto but it'll always also make

the best possible use of the screen that it's on I'd as I was saying oh sorry it also supports voice and any other input your car supports whether it has a touchscreen uses a rotary controller or as Mickey was mentioning uses a touchpad but this redesign went so

much deeper than aesthetics and scalability alone we've also made great strides towards improving the overall usability of the system we've heard from people today it's hard to switch media apps when messages come in they don't know where they go it's hard to find and that the whole system

feels like something that has to be learned and doesn't feel as intuitive as it could and so we asked ourselves how can we improve that how can we help people get started faster on their drive how can we simplify the kinds of key tasks that people do while

driving how do we provide the right information at a glance and make it easier for people to access their content in their apps and create a more intuitive experience that feels more like your phone in the car and so all of these things the new design language better

scalability usability improvements or effectively the building blocks of this new experience and when you put them all together here's what it looks like a brand new version of Android auto that's easier to use than ever for drivers it's a gorgeous new UI that provides the right information at

the right time and for developers this is an all new system that's going to increase exposure to your products in the car and it also lays the groundwork for future innovation so let's take a closer look first of all we've completely redesigned the navigation bar to make it

easier to access your apps your notifications and your google assistant it's quite a bit simpler than it is today and we did this partly so that we could develop a new kind of system widget that lets you control ongoing content while you're in another app and so what

that means is you could be using maps to navigate and still have one tap access to skip songs in your media app to skip back or forward in your podcast or audiobook you can even control an ongoing phone call all while keeping a full view of your map

on the screen and if you do leave maps for a second let's say to find something new to listen to well that widget adapts itself so you'll always see important next turn information on screen this is a really powerful new feature and it provides drivers with the information

they need at exactly the right time we've been driving around with this for the last few months and I have to say it is a game changer tasks that used to take three or four taps in the car can now be completed with a single tap and what's

even better is that if you're a developer who already has a media app that runs on Android auto this new widget feature will automatically work with your app from day one there's nothing extra you need to do we're also making it faster and more intuitive for drivers to

access their favorite Android auto apps through this newly redesigned launcher this address is another one of those key usability concerns I'd mentioned earlier where people have a hard time finding the rest of their apps in the system and for developers this also drive more usage for your product

because they'll be displayed much more prominently in the Android auto system so the launcher is great for started new experiences but what about responding to things as they come into the car well the new Android auto still supports notifications as it does today so you never miss out

on a new phone call as it comes in or a new message but what's more as we've also moved these into a new dedicated Notification Center that's always a single tap away in the navigation bar so when you're driving you can focus on the road and you won't

have to worry about responding to that message right away if it's not the right time because you can always easily get back to it with a single tap now in this new Android auto system were also still leveraging the same api's for both notification based messaging apps as

well as our templatized media app experiences so again if you're already along for the journey with us and you've developed an app either in media or messaging that works for Android auto today there's nothing new that you need to do as part of this new system your app

will still work and as you can see it'll look great like it was made for the car we are so excited about this update for Android auto it'll be available this summer in all Android auto enabled vehicles but in the meantime please make sure to swing by our

sandbox for a demo in our Hyundai Kona we'd love to show you more about it now I'm going to hand it back to Mickey who's going to tell you what else we're doing to bring Android into cars thank you in the new UI looks awesome yeah please come

check it out and we cannot wait to share it with you starting this summer I'd like to go back now just for a second to our vision statement and really focus on the seamless part of the statement with the phone powered UI that's running side by side with

the built-in or native experience in the car we see clear seams in the user experience where our driver has to switch between the native system and the phone system to be able to accomplish all their tasks for example you might be using the built-in system to adjust a

cabin temperature and then you switch into Android auto when you want to use Google Maps or Spotify so also as infotainment expands into multiple screens like in a cluster display I was showing earlier and it gets more and more deeply integrated into the car it gets more challenging

to be able to create one unified seamless experience just from the phone so we knew that we had a lot of work ahead of us to continue to enable this vision statement of creating a unified seamless completely seamless experience so a few years ago we started to talk

to car makers about how we could work together to create this unified seamless experience not surprisingly many car makers were already experimenting with Android or using it in their cars for infotainment but there was a lot of work to be done to adapt Android from mobile to the

car so we started to invest at that time in making Android a turnkey solution that industry partners could take and bring into the car easily without having to make significant changes without having to change any of the core framework or api's that make the Android platform so great

for developers today you may have seen some of the demos and prototypes that we showed the last couple years with Android running under the hood and many Google and third-party apps running on top one of the first partners who we spoke with who got very excited about working

with us on this project was Volvo we engaged with them a couple of years ago and formally announced our partnership last year to bring Android Google Maps the Google assistant and the third-party app ecosystem through the Google Play Store to all of their cars Volvo in turn introduced

us to their performance an electric brand Polestar and just a few weeks ago at the Geneva Auto Show they unveiled the Polestar 2 that you see here this will be the first consumer vehicle launching in 2020 the ship with the seamless experience that brings together Android Google Apps

and the third-party app ecosystem to tell you more about the car the technology and our partnership we asked Polestar CEO Thomas Inge and lot to join us here today Thomas has been the CEO of pole star since June 2017 and also serves as a chief design officer of

Volvo Car Corporation previously he was a senior vice president of design at Volvo and has been the inspiration behind Volvo's award-winning design Renaissance for years welcome Thomas thank you thanks Mickey behind my name is Thomas Englert I'm the CEO of pole star pasta is the new electric car

brand from Sweden we are the rebellious child of Volvo and we want to make pole star the guiding star of the new era in the automotive industry without standing design that is our religion this is the Scandinavian pure progressive design that we bring with our great products and

this is the pole star to make you said it we launched it a couple of weeks ago in Geneva and we brought it here today to the Google i/o we are very enthusiastic about the joy and the fun that the electric propulsion brings to the car industry and

we take the safety the protection of your life very serious so we take the battery and like a Lego brick we build it into a very tight unit with car body and that is the superb foundation for the outstanding safety of our cars range 300 miles was a

78 kilowatt hours battery and power 300 kilowatt on front and rear axle 660 Newton meter so it's a very powerful fast and fun to drive car for us the seamless integration into your digital life is very important so we have the poster app which from the first browse

through the car configurator to you know the offer of subscription of our car and ordering on services like to pickup and delivery all that done through one app we supposed to branch so the great design on the exterior with iconic graphics and the clear-cut architecture it's not only

outside its as well our strong powerful point in the interior and while I Drive that video here to you with great details of our Scandinavian interior I want to tell you another story about what is great what you experience inside the Polestar the cardistry has promised for a

long long time navigation that would be intuitive navigation that would be up-to-date and we actually failed we failed big times from car generation to car generation same with voice recognition so we supposed to – we knew we have to do something radically different in that field and we

did we teamed up with Google and it was a greater and it thanks a lot Google it was an amazing partnership and we I think it's Eve something amazing here we put an infotainment system that is powered by Android into the car bringing built-in apps and optimized for

the car apps and services for our customers and that includes Google Assistant that includes the Google Maps and of course the Google Playstore all integrated into the car so our customers they can enjoy the superb artificial intelligence of the Google assistant fast learning voice recognition to operate all

the great apps and functions having the hands on the steering wheel and having the eyes on the road using it all through voice activation and I want to demonstrate to you a couple of examples of how that works so please hey goo will show us the way to

being the fastest route to pizzeria Roma so you get the way without knowing the name of the street without knowing the town just say the restaurant where you want to go another example connected to living with an electric car hey Google show charging stations nearby showing results for

charging stations nearby so and that is a nice reassuring list of charging stations that you get so you can navigate you can plan your day you can search for things all using the time in your car efficiently without being distracted I think that's really great major improvement of

safety while using your car entertainment system out of the Google Play Store you can download the apps that you like into one of the four tiles and of course you can swap in between these tiles with the apps the car is always connected so you do not have

to use your phone the pulsar 2 software will be updated over-the-air regularly so the our way car will always stay up to date we have pasta to standing in the sandbox please come and have a look join the coding sessions and from today on it's up to you

to develop new apps and be creative come up with new great ideas for apps used in the car visit our website we have some inspiring proposals ideas how apps could be used in the car in the future so please join the community and use the opportunities that we

have with the infotainment system operated by powered by Android now I would end the session you're thinking you for having an opportunity to come on stage and present and I will do that with a last voice-activated action and that goes like that Google please play at last on

Spotify sure [Music] let's come on [Music] Thank You Thomas we're very excited about the car and the technology and bringing it to consumers next year and thank you for bringing one here for all of us to see as well I'm looking forward to driving one very soon too

but the clicker is not working there we go so in addition to pole star in Volvo we also announced our partnership last year with the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance to bring Android and a third party app ecosystem to their a global range of cars and we're not gonna

stop there we know that having a large footprint is very important for developers to adapt your apps and services for these cars so we continue to work with the rest of the industry as well on further adoption I'm excited to say that we're seeing a ton of interest

in momentum so please stay tuned for more news on that as we finish up I want to recap the three in-car products where we're investing in offering users and our partners a choice on the phone screen itself you heard today about the Google assistance driving mode that will

be the next step in evolution of the Android auto phone screen experience there's Android auto for the car screen which since launching in 2015 has virtually become an industry standard and is on its way to being in more than a hundred million cars and last but not least

the Android automotive OS our in-car embedded platform that will be coming to market next year with the Polestar – and many more vehicles and partners soon after so we covered a lot today about what we're doing to bring Android into cars Thank You Thomas again for joining us

from Sweden and sharing your car with us Thank You Ian for coming up and sharing the fantastic insights behind the new Android auto UI you can check out both the Polestar and the Android auto new UI in our sandbox today and the rest of the week here at

i/o also if you're interested in the details of how to build apps for these cars please join the dedicated developer session tomorrow morning and check out our office hours later today thank you so much for joining us here today [Music]

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