Can Google Design a Car Touchscreen That Isn't a Dangerous Distraction?

A demonstration of Android Auto during Google I/O 2014 in San Francisco, on June 25 Photograph by Jeff Chiu/AP Photo

Automakers are increasingly integrating touchscreens into vehicles—to the dismay of safe-driving advocates, who justifiably fear people are already too distracted by phone calls and texts while driving. So tech companies are responding by designing what they say are safer ways for customers to stay glued to their favorite apps and online services behind the wheel. Google’s Android is working on an interface to make it safer and more user-friendly through a platform called Android Auto, which allows maps, music, and personal organization functions on your phone to be accessed through a larger screen in the car. Followers are describing it as Android’s answer to Apple’s CarPlay.

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