Android Auto is adding new features for EVs

Google is working to convey higher help to Android Auto for electrical autos (EVs) geared up with the infotainment expertise.

About APK Insight: In this “APK Insight” put up, we’ve decompiled the most recent model of an utility that Google uploaded to the Play Store. When we decompile these recordsdata (known as APKs, within the case of Android apps), we’re capable of see numerous strains of code inside that trace at potential future features. Keep in thoughts that Google could or could not ever ship these features, and our interpretation of what they’re could also be imperfect. We’ll attempt to allow these which can be nearer to being completed, nonetheless, to point out you ways they’ll look within the case that they do ship. With that in thoughts, learn on.

Over the previous few updates to Android Auto, Google has been quietly constructing out new features tied to EVs. This contains the power to manually establish your automotive as an electrical automobile and toggle on EV features inside Google Maps on Android Auto. This all seems inside Android Auto’s built-in settings menu beneath a new part titled “EV Settings.”

Register as EV

Engine sort (automotive)

Other features embody the power to pick out which charging connector your automobile is utilizing. Listed connectors embody J1772, CCS (Combo 1 and a pair of), Type 2, and CHAdeMO. There’s no point out of the North American Charging Standard (NACS) pioneered by Tesla and seeing huge adoption by means of different EVs set to be offered within the United States. Presumably, although, this might simply be added in a later replace.

EV Connector Types

Your plugs


CCS (Combo {0})

We additionally discovered strings regarding battery meters, suggesting you might be able to see cost ranges by means of Android Auto immediately, however there’s not sufficient context to say for certain.

Work on these new EV features in Android Auto date again to Android Auto 9.5, however in Android Auto 9.9, it appears the characteristic is lastly showing. EV features appeared for the parents at SmartDroid following the most recent updates which present the new settings choices in motion, although in German.

Image: SmartDroid

Android Auto, sadly, isn’t particularly frequent in fashionable EVs. Tesla and Rivian have each opted to disregard Android Auto and AutomobilePlay, whereas different manufacturers akin to Polestar have as an alternative used Android Automotive as a local working system. Still, for EVs from Kia, Nissan, Ford, and others, this is a welcome replace we’re wanting ahead to seeing extra broadly.

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