GM embraces Google voice, maps

6 Sep
GM Google Assistant UIGeneral Motors announced Friday that it is moving toward a more connected in-car experience with the upcoming integration of Google Assistant and embedded Google applications, including navigation via Google Maps. With this announcement, GM joins automakers such as Volvo in expanding in-car connectivity. Perhaps more importantly, it signals an...

Google Assistant turns smartphones into infotainment systems

9 May
Google Assistant Drive ModeDrivers won't have to upgrade to a new car with a big screen and the latest hardware to use certain functions similar to Google's Android Auto. The tech giant on Tuesday said at its developer conference that its revamped Google Assistant feature set to roll out over the next few months will include a car-oriented Driving Mode that may even be more...

Google redesigns Android Auto with cleaner look

7 May
Updated Android Auto user interface, 2019Google will usher in a sleeker look for Android Auto this summer, the technology company announced on Monday. Android Auto's first major overhaul turns the interface into a sexier system with a cleaner menu and more controls placed in user-friendly portions of the screen. Google said the most important goal with the redesign was to show more...

Google Maps adds speed limit info to Android Auto

21 Jan
Google Maps logoGoogle Maps has finally begun to roll out speed limit information for drivers using the application across the U.S. The additional feature is an unusual example of Google playing catch up since rival apps have shown drivers local speed limits for years. Engadget reported last Friday that speed limit info is now rolling out to users after an update...

Google’s Waymo to launch driverless taxi service in two months

16 Nov
Waymo self-driving carWaymo, Google and parent company Alphabet's self-driving car subsidiary, plans to launch its first self-driving taxi service in the next two months. The company's chief executive officer, John Krafcik, told an audience at the Wall Street Journal's D.Live conference on Tuesday that the service will first launch in Phoenix, according to a report...

Google’s Waymo gets approval to test self-driving cars on California roads

2 Nov
Waymo Jaguar I-PaceCalifornia granted Waymo a-driving car division a permit to test its driverless cars on public roads without a driver present, according to a post by the Google subsidiary Tuesday on Medium. Waymo is the first company to receive a permit of this kind from the California Department of Motor Vehicles, and comes as a result of new regulations passed...

Google Maps update adds ‘commute’ functionality and music controls to app

2 Oct
Traffic in Los Angeles on Google MapsFor those with a commute that can vary wildly in terms of traffic, Google’s got a new solution in its immensely popular Maps app. The company announced Monday that it would be rolling out an update this week featuring a “Commute” tab that allows users to check what type of traffic they’ll face in the morning and afternoon...

Toyota reportedly will add Android Auto to its cars

25 Sep
2019 Toyota SiennaGood news, Android fans. A Bloomberg report Monday said that Toyota and Google have reached an agreement that will see Android Auto compatibility appear in the automaker's cars in the future. The report cited, but did not name, a Toyota representative who said the automaker could announce Android Auto compatibility as soon as next month. It's not...

Google’s self-driving car tech could become available in FCA vehicles

31 May
Waymo self-driving prototypeSelf-driving car technology developed by Google's Waymo division could become available in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vehicles, the two partners said Thursday as they announced plans to grow their relationship. FCA said in a statement that it and Waymo are "beginning discussions about the use of Waymo self-driving technology, including potentially...

Self-driving car using Google-owned Waymo tech involved in crash

7 May
Waymo self-driving prototypeA car that veered into oncoming traffic struck a self-driving minivan operated by Google's Waymo division in suburban Phoenix last week. The crash was the second in a six-week span involving autonomous test vehicles in Arizona. Unlike the fatal crash in March involving a Volvo XC90 using Uber's experimental self-driving tech that killed a...