The row of buttons on the bottom is Maps, calls, music, and what looks like a gauge, plus a row of dots that will probably be for triggering other apps.
Will integrate with voice steering wheel controls
You can use buttons on the wheel, or voice, too.
"Simple, glanceable controls for the car" is what this is being described, and indeed it is easier than the base Android experience.
Problem is, how many existing cars on the road will be able to work with this?
There's a touchscreen that's frequently in use here, which makes me wonder if that will be part of the requirements from auto makers. Apple's CarPlay, for the record, does not require a touchscreen. (But will use one if it's present.)
Andy Brenner, product manager at Google, is demoing Android Auto. Apps are running on Android phone, so experience changes with updates or device upgrades. Screen shows destinations, reminders, contacts, music.
The apps are running on your phone, so any compatible car will work with AndroidAuto'
Really low-quality video showing off the Android Auto demo. Jittery and blurry.
Bit of a shame.
We can put Google Glass on the Moscone roof, but we can't drive a car onto the stage.
Indeed, no actual car on stage, but the blank, just the interior, for a demo.
We're seeing mockups on a transitional 4:3 screen that you'd expect to see on a dashboard.
Android Auto is contextually aware.
So basically, Google is naming everything Android[whatever it is] now. AndroidWear. AndroidAuto. Etc.
Navigation, communication, streaming music.
"Makes it easier and safer to use the connected apps and services drivers want in the car," he says.
They're calling it Android Auto, not Auto Link, which was the original name for the platform.
Android Auto: Android platform for cars, except it's safe for driving. Puts navigation, communication, music, and other apps front and center. Contextually aware and voice enabled--keep your eyes on the road!
"There's gotta be a better way" to make the connected car a reality and cut down on crashes.
Open Auto Alliance incoming...
Now we're going to hear about Android in the car.
Patrick Brady, director of engineering for Android now onstage
"Cars are an essential part of life," Brady says.
Time to talk about Android in the car!
The Samsung Gear Live is the watch that CNET News' Shara Tibken broke word of last week.
Moto 360 will be available for order this summer.
Audience response: awwwww....
Lots of sad voices here in the room at the news the Moto 360 is coming later this summer.