Good News for Android Auto Users As Another Big App Joins the Fun

If you've been keeping an eye on Android Auto news, you probably know already that the platform is rapidly catching the attention of developers worldwide.
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As a result, more and more apps make their way to Android Auto, and the latest big name joining the fun is none other than Uber.

The company already released the Uber Driver app on CarPlay earlier this year, and the biggest benefit was obvious. Users could see the heatmap and accept trips without interacting with the mobile device, so they could rely entirely on the infotainment screen for previously exclusive features to smartphones.

Uber is now bringing the same functionality to Android Auto, so Uber Drivers whose mobile devices run Google's operating system can now accept trips, see the demand heatmap, and enable navigation on the infotainment screen.

The application is already available on the Play Store with Android Auto support, so make sure you install the latest build as soon as possible. Your car must also support Android Auto, so the Uber Driver icon should appear on the screen after you update the app.

Uber has also announced other improvements for its mobile app, including real-time navigation feedback and alternate routes to navigate to a destination more efficiently.

If you're an Uber driver, you probably know how annoying the routing engine sometimes is, as facing heavy traffic has become too common due to the app's horrible features on this front. Uber says that'll soon be a thing of the past, as December will witness the debut of new capabilities, including traffic information provided by TomTom.

TomTom is one of the largest navigation experts in the world, offering an advanced routing engine and traffic information already embedded in millions of cars across the planet. As a result, its integration into the Uber app is big news, helping navigation with accurate data and real-time information.

The application will also offer alternate routes that'll help avoid road closures, crashes, and construction sites, but the great feature encourages drivers to contribute with real-time traffic data that becomes available for others. In other words, Uber is introducing a crowdsourcing engine specifically aimed at drivers so users can post real-time traffic and route information that will become available to other drivers.

Uber is also improving the map clarity with sharper route lines, so the pickup and drop-off locations will be easier to observe on the map. The application will also display nearby parking locations available for free.

Many Uber drivers are already using other applications for similar capabilities, including Google Maps and Waze, so adding these features will make them redundant, eventually allowing them to stick with the Uber Driver app on their mobile devices or the infotainment screen.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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