Google has revealed several updates for Android Auto and vehicles equipped with built-in Google features during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Among the enhancements, electric vehicles (EVs) utilizing Android Auto will soon have the ability to share real-time battery information with Google Maps.
This feature, set to debut in the Ford Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning, will offer benefits such as estimating the battery level upon arrival, suggesting charging stops, and providing charging duration estimates based on the vehicle.
The Chrome browser, part of a host of new apps, is being rolled out in select Polestar and Volvo vehicles as part of a beta test. Additionally, Crunchyroll, PBS Kids, and The Weather Channel app have been introduced in select cars, responding to user demand.
Owners of vehicles with built-in Google features can now send planned trips directly from Android or iOS devices to their cars, enhancing trip planning convenience. Looking ahead, Google built-in will extend to Ford, Lincoln, and Nissan vehicles later this year, with Porsche joining the lineup around the middle of the decade.
The announcement also included plans for the rollout of digital key technology in select Volvo cars soon, with intentions to expand to more phone and car brands in the future.