Google opened the door to a broader range of applications that will integrate directly with Android Auto about eight months ago. Navigation applications (as an option to Android Auto’s default Google Maps), parking assist and locators, and directories for electric vehicle charging stations were among the latest categories. Those applications will now be distributed to consumers without the need for beta tests.
New apps specifically mentioned in Google’s developer post include, but aren’t limited to:
T Map – Korean navigation app
ChargePoint – a database and map of electric vehicle charging with payment processing
Sygic – offline navigation app
PlugShare – a database of EV charging points with a route planner
AmiGo – car and bike-sharing
2GIS – offline navigation app
A Better Routeplanner – a better EV route planner, allegedly
Flitsmeister (Truckmeister) – a safety app for truck drivers
For non-beta users, not all of these applications can run right away with Android Auto, but upgrades to use the Android Auto system with optimum visibility and minimal touch contact should be coming soon. Google is putting a lot of emphasis on accessibility for electronic vehicle assistance applications in particular.