>> Navigation, new apps and so much more are coming to Android for cars.

Cars do so much more than get you from point A to point B these days, and Android is dedicated to making the full driving experience as safe, connected and enjoyable as possible. This year at CES, we're excited to announce new updates and partnerships that bring drivers what they want most to Android Auto and cars with Google built-in.

Navigate with confidence

Electric vehicles compatible with Android Auto can share real-time battery information with Google Maps – coming first to the Ford Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning in the coming months, with others to follow. This integration will make driving an electric vehicle easier, as Google Maps will provide your estimated battery level upon arrival at your destination, suggest charging stops along the way and even estimate how long charging will take based on your vehicle.

Planning your trip is also getting easier for cars with Google built-in. Starting to roll out today, you can send the trip you’ve planned on Google Maps on your Android or iOS phone directly to your car with Google built-in, helping you seamlessly go from planning to navigating.


Stay connected, informed and entertained with more apps

Whether you’re looking to check the weather forecast at your destination, or parked waiting for your kids at school pickup, there’s new apps to help you stay informed and entertained in cars with Google built-in.

Today, Chrome browser is starting to roll out to select Polestar and Volvo cars in beta, and will be available in more cars later this year, so you can do a little shopping or access your saved bookmarks to keep you busy while parked.

And if you need to keep the kids entertained (or hey, maybe keep yourself entertained!), you can watch shows from PBS KIDS and Crunchyroll, which are both now available in select cars with Google built-in.

Finally, by popular demand, The Weather Channel app is now available for cars with Google built-in, giving you peace of mind on the road. Now you can stay up-to-date on changing weather conditions with hourly forecasts, follow-me, alerting and "Trip View" radar right from your dashboard.


What’s next?

We’re continuing to partner with more brands and developers to expand the helpful apps and services for your car. Android Auto is compatible with nearly every major car brand and is in over 200 million cars on the road, bringing the best of your phone experience to the car. And the list of major brands that offer cars with Google built-in continues to grow, with Nissan, Ford and Lincoln models rolling out this year and Porsche expected to launch in the future.

Digital car key availability also continues to expand, rolling out to select Volvo cars soon and to even more phone and car brands in the future. Using a digital car key, you have the ability to unlock, lock and start your car with supported Android phones and securely share keys with friends and family on iOS or Android phones.

Author - Guemmy Kim - Director of Product and User Experience, Android for Cars