Android Auto, which launched in 201
Automakers, once hesitant to integrate Android Car or Apple CarPlay into vehicles have come around. Today, Android Car is available in more than 500 car models from 50 different brands, according to Android Car product manager Rod Lopez.
Car owners with Android Car support wants to start the new design over the next few weeks. However, there is no such thing as an Android Auto, a smartphone app that gave users access to the platform. Google says it plans to "evolve" the standalone phone app from Android to the Assistant's new driving mode in the future.
Meanwhile, the in-car version features some important changes, notably more opportunities for drivers to use their voice – and their hands – to interact with android car. Users will notice the Google Assistant Badge on Android Auto.
Other new features include a new app launcher designed to let users access their favorite apps with fewer taps. A button on the bottom left of the screen launches this feature. Once deployed, users will see the most commonly used icons in the top row.
Android Auto has also improved its navigation, which is perhaps the most commonly used feature within the platform. Now, the navigation bar sits at the bottom of the display and allows users to manage multiple apps. 
The navigation feature also pops up as soon as the driver connects with Android Auto. If a route is already queued up on a phone, Android Auto will automatically populate the directions.
This latest version has also been updated with a recent notification button – recent calls, messages and alerts.
Google has also developed an operating system called Android Automotive OS that's modeled after its open-source mobile operating system that runs on Linux. Instead of running smartphones and tablets, Google modified it so it could be used in cars. Polestar, Volvo's standalone electric car brand, is powered by an automotive vehicle.