Car screens are getting bigger — and weirder — and Google wants to help

A driver using Mercedes-Benz’s Level 3 Drive Pilot system
Image: Daniel Golson

Google is lowering the barriers for new apps to be added to Android Auto and cars with Google software built-in, making it easier for developers of gaming and streaming apps to get them added to those platforms. It is also releasing new guidelines for developing apps for various screen sizes and shapes.

Google is launching a new program for car-ready apps, essentially expediting the process for developers to get their apps approved for in-car platforms. As part of this program, Google says it will “proactively” review mobile apps that are already compatible with the increasingly large-sized screens found in more modern vehicles.

“If the app qualifies, we will automatically opt it in…

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