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Here's how Maserati customised Android for its Ghibli dashboard

Florence Ion | May 20, 2016
Google is hoping car manufacturers will use Android and Android Auto Auto as a starting point for their own infotainment systems. Let's take a peek.

I loved the idea of having Android baked into the car, but I have some reservations about how this particular software will actually function when it comes to fruition. First off, notice that the screen produces a lot of glare. Beyond that, I like having mechanical dials in front of me. This much information behind the wheel seems too distracting.

Then there’s the issue of real-world use—and whether we want all our controls relegated to touch input. Right now, if I need to adjust the air conditioning in my car, I just reach down to turn the nob without taking my eyes off the road. I know that when I turn that dial to the right, I’m increasing the temperature. But with a touchscreen, you have to physically look down to ensure that your finger is dragging and tapping the appropriate switch. 

Regardless, at this point in time, this particular Android concept is just that—nothing more than a concept. Google doesn’t have a timeline for when the software will go live, though we’ll likely hear more about it in the next year once the company signs on with some major car manufacturers. Android’s in-car implementation will be decided by the car makers, and here’s to hoping they choose a nice marriage of distraction-free form and function.

 

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