Users across the world watch over 1 billion hours of content uploaded on YouTube every single day.
All of these indicate that YouTube is a service that many people can’t live without, and this is why some believe it’s a shame the mobile application isn’t allowed on Android Auto and CarPlay.
After all, why shouldn’t YouTube take advantage of the large displays inside our cars and let us watch videos more conveniently than on a mobile device?
That’s a question that has a very simple answer. It all comes down to the distraction which not only YouTube but pretty much any other video app can cause while driving.
This is why having YouTube on the screen of your car is so dangerous in the first place. A video playing right next to the driver can easily make them take their eyes off the road, and without even noticing, they could cause a serious crash in a matter of seconds.
But on the other hand, this doesn’t necessarily mean everybody agrees with this approach.
First, there are those who swear they can’t get distracted by YouTube. Some people say they just want YouTube to run on Android Auto and CarPlay simply because they want to listen to the soundtrack of a video, as it’s the case of a music video or anything like that. Well, that’s what music services like YouTube Music are for, so this reasoning doesn’t hold true.
Second, there are users who claim they want YouTube only to watch videos when the car is parked, such as when waiting to pick up the kids from school.
So why shouldn’t Google adopt the same system for YouTube too?
At the end of the day, the bigger problem is that users out there always misuse these apps and are continuously looking into a way to avoid the restrictions. There are many ways to still watch YouTube on Android Auto and CarPlay, and unsurprisingly, many people do it while they’re driving.
It goes without saying this is a huge no-no, but at first glance, no matter how hard Google struggles to restrict the use of these services when the vehicle is in motion, people out there are still working hard to find a way around it.
So maybe, just maybe, if Google ends up allowing YouTube when the car is parked, and then locking the video when the vehicle starts moving, fewer people might turn to these shady ways to watch videos behind the wheel in the first place. After all, Google has already launched games on Android Auto, so the company already has the necessary means to block distracting activities when the car is in motion.
Should YouTube be treated just like keyboard apps on Android Auto and CarPlay and be allowed when the car is not in motion? Let us know what you think in the box after the jump.