Until now, if you wanted to connect your Android phone to the car radio you had two options: Bluetooth or the headphone jack. There was no simple USB connection as with an iPhone or iPod. But that is about to change.
Harman International said it will be the first major automotive tech company to support a new Android protocol that’s the equivalent of “Made for iPod” in the Android camp. It will let Android devices connect to car radios via USB.
You may also connect an Android phone to a rear seat video screen via USB and you can now playback video from an Android phone or tablet.
Harman said it will support Android devices in all its OEM platforms for use in entry-level cars as well as luxury vehicles to be available to consumers in 2013.
The company is adopting the “Android Open Accessory Protocol,” which was announced by Google in May to allow the USB connection. It will let drivers safely activate music apps through voice activation and steering wheel controls. And it will let content stream to devices in the rear seat.
The Android protocol may be used with later model Android devices—those running Honeycomb (Android 3.1). And there’s a software upgrade to support Gingerbread (Android 2.3.4) and later.
For more on Android Open Accessory Protocol, see Telematics News.
Source: Harman International Industries