Google has launched its Android Auto in-car service following the arrival of its official app on Google Play.
Users must purchase a compatible Pioneer head unit for their in-car entertainment centre to take advantage of the web giant’s answer to Apple CarPlay.
Android Auto allows users to interact with their phone when behind the wheel, beaming services such as Google Maps, Messages, and Play Music to the head unit.
The idea is to transform existing vehicles into smart cars via the apps and services on their Android smartphone, which must be running version 5.0 or higher.
Pioneer is currently the only manufacturer developing Android Auto head units, but Google will announce more hardware partners in due course.
The Android Auto app is available now in the UK, US and Australia, with other countries expected to receive the service.