Android Auto and Google Assistant Driving Mode are two distinct interfaces that cater to different needs and preferences when it comes to in-car technology. Android Auto provides a comprehensive in-car interface that mirrors certain apps and features from your Android device onto your car’s infotainment system. It offers a familiar interface with larger icons, simplified menus, and voice control options.
On the other hand, Google Assistant Driving Mode is a simplified driving-centric interface that focuses on voice commands and glanceable information displayed on your phone screen. It offers a more streamlined and hands-free experience, allowing you to interact with your phone while driving with minimal distractions.
One notable difference between the two is that Android Auto requires a compatible vehicle or aftermarket head unit for installation. So, if you need to take advantage of your vehicle’s head unit, Android Auto is the way to go.
In terms of other user interface elements, Google Assistant Driving Mode offers a redesigned interface that includes multimedia apps, Google Maps, text messages, and call options. Android Auto, on the other hand, supports most installed apps, including third-party navigation apps. While Google Assistant Driving Mode prioritizes voice commands, users can still interact with the interface using their fingers.