Bridging the gap between connected home and connected car, Google Assistant will soon be integrated into Android Auto. Wait a second… didn’t Android Auto always use Google Assistant? While you would say “Ok, Google” to activate voice commands in Android Auto, you were actually just using Google Voice Search which has a much smaller level of functionality.
For those with connected households using Google Home, it is also powered by Google Assistant which is probably the most robust AI compared to Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri. While using Android Auto while driving, you would be able to tap into the Google Home functions like turning on/off lights, locking/unlocking doors or even adjusting the temperature in your house.
Besides adding control over your connected home, Google Assistant is a much more useful virtual assistant. Allowing such things as ordering from Starbucks to reserving a parking space using SpotHero all while you drive. In addition to already being able to listen to music or do voice to text messages or give you directions using your preferred apps in Android Auto, it will also let you know what your schedule is for the day or read you the top news of the day. OEMs are starting to include Google Assistant functionality as well, if you have a new BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Kia or Fiat Chrysler you will be able to check your fuel level, lock/unlock your doors and more all from your phone or Google Home device.
In a world where AI is becoming far more commonplace and actually useful, Android users will have a much more seamless connected life without ever having to look at a screen.
For a full list of what Google Assistant can do, head over to this comprehensive list here.