In other words, Google wants everybody to know that Android Auto for phones is being retired, so the migration to the new driving mode would go as smoothly as possible.
“If you’ve been using the Android Auto app on your phone screen, you’ll need to switch to Google Assistant’s driving mode, a new integrated driving experience. If your car is compatible with Android Auto, you can still connect directly to your car’s display. Learn about other ways Google is ready to make your drive better,” this message published by Google reads.
The Google Maps driving mode is clearly inspired by Android Auto for phones in the first place, but this doesn’t necessarily mean everybody is a big fan of the change.
Some users will still resist the migration, but given the mobile version of Android Auto is being retired completely and the app would just stop working, embracing the driving mode seems to be pretty much the only way to get a car-optimized experience when getting behind the wheel.
Of course, there’s always the option of switching to the fully-featured Android Auto, but this one requires a compatible head unit in the car.