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The First Truck Navigation App for Android Automotive Is Now Official

The adoption of Android Automotive is slowly but surely gaining pace, and while several big carmakers are expected to announce cars running the OS in the coming years, more software developers join the platform too.
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In other words, the number of apps supporting Android Automotive is on the rise, and this week, another big release has been officially confirmed.

It’s Sygic Truck Navigation, a software solution supposed to guide truck drivers to a defined destination by taking into account essential data, such as vehicle width, height, weight, and restrictions. By analyzing truck-specific parameters, the application can therefore provide suitable navigation and prevent those awful cases when large vehicles get stuck on roads where they don’t fit.

This is also the reason truck drivers aren’t recommended to use Google Maps in the first place. Because it lacks support for a truck mode, Google Maps always offers navigation for passenger cars, so it doesn’t take into account the vehicle width when generating a new route.

Sygic Truck Navigation comes to Android Automotive with its full feature lineup, including online capabilities with offline support, full-text search, real-time online services that include traffic, weather reports, and fuel prices, and POI integration.

Of course, there’s also voice recognition, so the application can be easily configured with voice commands, with the app also promising an easy interface to access additional connected transportation services.

As compared to Android Auto, which requires a mobile device to run on a head unit, Android Automotive comes pre-loaded from the factory, therefore featuring more advanced integration with vehicle functions. Google Maps, for example, can keep an eye on the vehicle’s autonomy and suggest stops for charging, while Google Assistant can control additional features with voice commands, including the air conditioning.

Several carmakers have already announced the adoption of Android Automotive, including General Motors, Renault, Ford, and Honda. You can find the full list of cars coming with Android Automotive on this page.

 
 
 
 
 

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