Google first introduced Android Auto, its vehicle-based Android platform, at Google I/O in June. The company has now released its APIs to developers to build Auto-enabled apps for audio and messaging.
For now, developers can only build audio and messaging apps. Audio apps should expose content for users to browse and allow audio playback from the car. This is for content like music, news, and podcasts. Messaging apps can receive incoming notifications, read messages aloud, and send replies via voice.
“It’s important to note that while the APIs are available today, apps extended with Android Auto cannot be published quite yet,” says Holle. “More app categories will be supported in the future, providing more opportunities for developers and drivers of Android Auto.”
There’s a starter guide here.