Android Auto gearing up to go wireless ahead of CES 2018

Android Auto is shedding its wires for 2018, with car infotainment specialist JVC Kenwood preparing to showcase compatible wireless car tech at CES 2018.

JCV Kenwood will showcase a couple of infotainment units that sport wireless Android Auto, according to CNET,

Much like Apple’s CarPlay, Android Auto acts as an interface for Android smartphones connected to a car’s infotainment unit, aimed at providing a way to interact with the phone in a same manner using car controls rather than illegality operating a handset while behind the wheel.

Despite many car infotainment systems offering Bluetooth connectivity for smartphones, Android Auto used to only work through a wired connection. With the advent of wireless charging, near-field communication and a whole host of other seamlessly connected and wireless tech, Android Auto’s reliance on a cabled connection could be seen as a little old hat.

Apple iPhone fans will note that CarPlay has been ahead of Android Auto in that it already has a small clutch on infotainment units that support wireless versions of CarPlay.

But that’s set to all change with JVC Kenwood leading the charge, though there’s no word on whether wireless Android Auto will come built into the infotainment units of 2018 cars that currently support the interface.

Wireless Android Auto was originally teased last year at Google’s I/O conference but it has taken some time to arrive. Support for the ‘OK Google’ voice command was also announced and we can expect that to crop up in the car tech due to be shown off at CES.

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