Android Auto was announced back in 2014 and started off as essentially a smartphone projection system for your car, with users required to tether an Android smartphone, running Android 5.0 Lollipop or above, to the built-in infotainment system that the vehicle has available. Since then, the number of car manufacturer partners and compatible models, countries where it is supported, and the features and capabilities of Android Auto have increased significantly.

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Below is everything you need to know about Android Auto, including what it has to offer, the various markets it is, or soon will be, available in, vehicles and car manufacturers that support the platform, and finally, the options to add it to your existing vehicle.

Functionality and features

As mentioned, Android Auto began as a non-independent system, which basically extended the functionality of your Android smartphone to the car’s dashboard head unit, using a car-friendly user interface. The phone, running Android 5.0 Lollipop or above, needed to be tethered a USB cable, and of course, the car did have to support the platform for this to work.

Things have changed quite a bit since then, with users able to use the Android Auto app directly on their phones now without needing a compatible car or aftermarket stereo system. You can place the phone on a mount and connect it to your car system via Bluetooth, by using an AUX cable, or other alternatives, and you can now take full advantage of all that the car-focused UI has to offer. Of course, if you do have a car or a third-party stereo system that supports Android Auto, things work the same way as before.

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Even though Android Auto is still currently dependent on your smartphone, that is all set to change very soon. As announced at Google I/O 2017, Android Auto will soon be the built-in system in the car, with Android controlling everything from the dashboard to climate control, and more. Google showed off the new system in Audio and Volvo vehicles earlier this year, but which models will feature this system is yet to be announced.

Android Auto functionality includes navigation via Google Maps and Waze, music control, voice control for replying to messages, making calls, and more. Third party app support is also available, with a slew of apps to be found already, including Pandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Skype, Whatsapp, Google Hangouts, Stitcher Radio, PocketCasts, and a whole lot more. You can find the full list of compatible applications hereAt the end of last year, the company also brought system-wide “Okay, Google” support to the platform, making it possible to control essentially every part of your infotainment experience using your voice.

Countries where Android Auto is available

Android Auto was initially launched in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, the UK, and the US. Since then, Google rolled out support for the Android Auto app in several new countries including Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, India, japan, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the US territory of Puerto Rico, Russia, Switzerland, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Cars Android Auto is compatible with

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There is a long list of car manufacturers that are a part of the Open Automative Alliance as you can see below, and the number of supported models have steadily increased. That said, there are still a few more manufacturers that we’re hoping to see compatible vehicles from, including Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Fiat, Genesis, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Mazda, Nissan, and RAM.

Acura2017 Acura NSX
Audi2016 Audi Q7
2017 Audi A3
2017 Audi A4
2017 Audi A5
2017 Audi A6
2017 Audi A7
2017 Audi R8
2017 Audi TT
2017 Audi Q2
2018 Audi Q5
Borgward2017 BX5 (coming soon)
2017 BX7 (coming soon)
Buick2016 Regal
2016 LaCrosse
2017 Encore
2017 Envision
Cadillac2016 ATS
2016 ATS Coupe
2016 ATS Sedan
2016 ATS-V
2016 ATS V-Coupe
2016 ATS V-Sedan
2016 CTS
2016 CTS Sedan
2016 CTS-V
2016 CTS V-Sedan
2016 ELR
2016 CT6
2016 CT6 Sedan
2016 Escalade
2016 Escalade ESV
2016 XTS
2017 XT5
2017 CT6 Plug-in
Chevrolet2016 Camaro
2016 Camaro Convertible
2016 Colorado
2016 Corvette
2016 Corvette Convertible
2016 Cruze
2016 Impala
2016 Malibu
2016 Silverado
2016 Silverado HD
2016 Spark
2016 Suburban
2016 Tahoe
2016 Volt
2017 Aveo
2017 Bolt EV
2017 Colorado/S10
2017 Cruze Hatchback
2017 Onix
2017 Prisma
2017 Sonic
2017 Trailblazer
2017 Trax
2018 Equinox
2018 Traverse
Chrysler2017 300
Citroen2017 C-Elysee
2017 C3
2017 C4
2017 C4 Picasso
2017 Grand C4 Picasso
2017 Jumpy
2017 SpaceTourer
Dodge2017 Challenger
2017 Charger
DS2017 DS4
2017 DS5
FordALL 2017 Ford models will support Android Auto across all trims
Genesis2017 G80
GMC2016 Canyon
2016 Sierra
2016 Yukon
2016 Yukon XL
2016 Yukon Denali
2017 Acadia
Holden2016 Spark
2016 Captiva
2017 Astra
2017 Barina
2017 Colorado
2017 Trailblazer
Honda2016 Civic
2016 Accord
2017 Clarity Fuel Cell
2017 CR-V
2017 Freed
2017 Pilot
2017 Ridgeline
Hyundai2015 Azera
2015 Genesis
2015 Grandeur
2015 Sonata
2016 Elantra GT
2016 i10
2016 i30
2016 i40
2016 Ioniq Electric
2016 Ioniq Hybrid
2016 Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid
2016 Sonata Hybrid
2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid
2016 Tucson
2017 Avante
2017 Elantra
2017 Kona
2017 Maxcruz
2017 Sante Fe
2017 Santa Fe Sport
2017 Velostar
Jeep2017 Compass
Kia2014 Soul
2015 Carnival
2015 K5
2015 Optima
2015 Optima Hybrid
2015 Sedona
2015 Soul EV
2016 Sorento
2017 Cadenza
2017 Carens
2017 cee'd
2017 Forte
2017 Forte Koup (coming soon)
2017 Forte5
2017 K3
2017 K7
2017 Niro
2017 Optima Plug-in Hybrid
2017 Rondo
2017 Sportage
2018 Morning
2018 Picanto
2018 Pride
2018 Rio
2018 Stinger (coming soon)
2018 Stonic
2019 K9 (coming soon)
2019 K900
Lincoln2017 Continental
2017 MKC
2017 MKX
2017 MKZ
2017 MKZ Hybrid
2017 Navigator
Mahindra2015 XUV500
Maruti Suzuki2017 Dzire
2017 Ignis
Maserati2017 Ghibli
2017 Levante
2017 Quattroporte
Mercedes-Benz2017 A-Class
2017 B-Class
2017 CLA Coupe
2017 CLA Shooting Brake
2017 CLS Coupe
2017 CLS Shooting Brake
2017 E-Class Cabriolet
2017 E-Class Coupe
2017 E-Class Sedan
2017 E-Class Wagon
2017 GLA
2017 GLE
2017 GLE Coupe
2017 GLS
2017 SL
2017 SLC
2018 Mercedes-Maybach
2018 S-Class Sedan
Mitsubishi2016 Pajero
2016 Pajero Sport
2017 ASX
2017 Delica D:2
2017 Delica D:2 Custom
2017 i-MiEV (coming soon)
2017 Mirage
2017 Mirage G4
2017 Outlander
2017 Outlander PHEV
2018 Eclipse Cross (coming soon)
Opel2016 Adam
2016 Astra
2016 Corsa
2016 Insignia
2016 Karl
2016 Mokka
2016 Zafira
2017 Amper-e
2017 Crossland X
Peugeot2017 208
2017 2008
2017 301
2017 308
2017 308 SW
2017 3008
2017 508
2017 508 SW
2017 5008
2017 Expert
2017 Traveller
Renault2017 Captur
2017 Clio
2017 Clio Estate
2017 Espace
2017 Grand Scenic
2017 Kadjar
2017 Kangoo
2017 Koleos
2017 Master (coming soon)
2017 Megane
2017 Megane Estate
2017 Scenic
2017 Talisman
2017 Talisman Estate
2017 Trafic
2017 Twingo
2017 ZOE
Seat2016 Alhambra
2016 Ataca
2016 Ibiza
2016 Leon
2016 Toledo
2017 Arona (coming soon)
Skoda2016 Fabia
2016 Fabia Combi
2016 Octavia
2016 Octavia Combi
2016 Rapid
2016 Rapid Spaceback
2016 Superb
2016 Superb Combi
Yeti 2016
2017 Kodiaq
2018 Karoq (coming soon)
Ssyangyong2017 G4 Rexton
Subaru2017 Impreza
2018 BRZ (coming soon)
2018 Legacy Outback (coming soon)
Suzuki2016 Hustler
2016 Ignis
2016 Lapin
2016 Solio
2016 Solio Bandit
2016 Spacia
2016 Spacia Custom
2016 Spacia Custom Z
2016 Swift
2016 WagonR
2016 WagonR Stingray
Vauxhall2016 Adam
2016 Astra
2016 Corsa
2016 Insignia
2016 Mokka
2016 Zafira
2017 Amper-e
2017 Crossland X
Volkswagen2016 Beetle
2016 Beetle Cabriolet
2016 CC
2016 Golf
2016 Golf Cabriolet
2016 Golf Sportsvan
2016 Golf Variant
2016 Jetta
2016 NMS-Passat
2016 Passat
2016 Passat Variant
2016 Polo
2016 Scirocco
2016 Sharan
2016 Tiguan
2016 Touran
2017 Arteon
2017 Atlas
2017 CrossFox
2017 Fox
2017 Gol
2017 Saveiro
2017 Voyage

Commercial Vehicles:

2016 Amarok
2016 Caddy
2016 California
2016 Caravelle
2016 Multivan
2016 Transporter
2017 Crafter
VolvoS90
V90
V90 Cross Country
XC90

Aftermarket stereos Android Auto is compatible with

If you aren’t in the market for a new car, you also have the option to add Android Auto support to your existing vehicle via these compatible aftermarket stereos from Kenwood, Panasonic, Pioneer, and Sony. You can find the full list of compatible models below, but if you are looking for the best options, do check out our roundup of the best Android Auto HUDs.

KenwoodDDX9016DABS
DDX9016S
DDX9016SM
DDX9017DABS
DDX9017S
DDX9017SM
DDX916WS
DDX916WSL
DDX916WSM
DDX917WS
DDX917WSM
DDX9702S
DDX9703S
DDX9716BTS
DDX9716BTSR
DDX9717BTS
DDX9902S
DDX9903S
DMX7017BTS
DMX7017DABS
DMX7704S
DNX516DABS
DNX7160BTS
DNX716WDABS
DNX7170DABS
DNX773S
DNX8160DABS
DNX8160S
DNX8160SM
DNX8170DABS
DNX893S
DNX9170DABS
DNX9170S
DNX9170SM
MDV-Z904
MDV-Z904W
PanasonicStrada CN-F1D
PioneerAVH-2300NEX
AVH-2330NEX
AVH-3300NEX
AVH-4100NEX
AVH-4200NEX
AVH-4201NEX
AVH-X8700BT
AVH-X8750BT
AVH-X8790BT
AVH-X8800BT
AVH-X8850BT
AVH-X8890BT
AVH-Z5000BT
AVH-Z5000DAB
AVH-Z5050BT
AVH-Z5050TV
AVH-Z5080TV
AVH-Z5090BT
AVH-Z7000DAB
AVH-Z7050BT
AVH-Z7050TV
AVH-Z7080TV
AVIC-7100NEX
AVIC-7200NEX
AVIC-7201NEX
AVIC-8100NEX
AVIC-8200NEX
AVIC-8201NEX
AVIC-F70BT
AVIC-F70DAB
AVIC-F70TV
AVIC-F77DAB
AVIC-F80BT
AVIC-F80DAB
AVIC-F80TV
AVIC-F88DAB
FH-9300DVS
SonyXAV-AX100

So, there you have it for this roundup of all things Android Auto!

Ankit Banerjee
My primary profession lies in the Network Design Engineering field. I have always been passionate about the latest trends in mobile communication advances around the world.