Google demoed the new feature on the new BMW iX, showing how Google Maps can now run right in front of the driver, thanks to this new feature. Pretty much any app can be projected on the instrument cluster, including parking apps and EV tools, so overall, Android Auto would offer a more convenient experience from one end to the other.
The Mountain View-based search giant says this is just the beginning, and more features would be gradually added to the Android Auto integration in the instrument cluster, as the purpose is to make the app run as seamlessly as possible in every car.
On the other hand, don’t expect this new capability to become a common thing overnight. Not only that it requires new cars with digital clusters, but it’s likely to be available on more expensive models featuring such equipment, so it’ll take a while until everybody gets to experience this new integration.
Google hasn’t provided an ETA as to when this feature would become broadly available. Still, the BMW iX is currently the one and only model confirmed to come with Android Auto cluster integration.