My verbal response was then displayed back to me for cross-checking before my final instruction to send. Slick and impressive.
Throughout the whole of my journey Android Auto made my phone ‘inaccessible’ to me, which is a major safety aspect of this system. After a most enjoyable dinner, I then settled back in the car to head home. But, once again, the technology was ahead of me. The instant I re-connected my phone to the car, it deduced that I was heading home and pre-loaded my route. Clever.
Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this story is not the technology but the surprising absence of hype and hyperbole.
There was no big pre-announcement about this capability from Samsung, Google or Ford. No flashy promotions and media hysteria. It simply crept in and quietly got on with the job of improving our lives. All of our lives – because you don’t need an expensive smart phone or car to benefit.
Cristina has an old Samsung phone and a VW Polo and it works just as well for her.