Vacation yes, vacation no. With the arrival of the summer period, many people decide to go on vacation in their own personal vehicle. Thanks to smart voice assistants, driving has become a much more comfortable and safer task than ever. Now it is possible to access a multitude of car functions through simple voice commands. In this regard, Android Auto is one of the most advanced systems that we can currently find on the market. But like any self-respecting system, Android Auto requires prior configuration to leave all ends tied and focus solely on the road. This time we have collected several methods to configure the car with Android Auto before going on vacation.
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Launch Android Auto automatically every time you ride in the car
Today Android Auto can be used in two different formats, through the phone screen or through the car screen itself. If our vehicle lacks this screen but has a Bluetooth connection to synchronize the audio, we can start the application automatically every time we get in the car. Yes, you read it right.
Within Settings we will go to the section Automatic start. Then, we will enable the Automatic start option. As an additional point, we can activate the Device detection option in the pocket to prevent the application from starting accidentally. In both cases we will have to keep the Bluetooth connection active to make the two options work.
Configure your vacation routes with Waze
When we talk about GPS applications, Google Maps always comes to mind. In fact, it is the application that the wizard himself recommends us to use in Android Auto. Despite this, Waze is a much more interesting alternative if we are going to plan a route to go on vacation. First, because allows us to see the price of the nearest gas stations. And second, for the speed camera warnings that the application integrates.
Regarding this last function, Waze allows us to configure different warning options. For example, we can mark that the application warns us when we exceed the maximum speed of the road with a nearby radar. We can also choose the traditional notification system, with warnings prefixed by the application itself.
Although its greatest advantage is the community of users it has. This system allows us to obtain real-time roadside warnings (mobile radars, accidents, withholdings for works …), not to mention the ability of the application to recalculate routes based on the parameters just mentioned.
Inside the city use Google Maps
By the very nature of the application, Google Maps is a much smarter and more complete option within the city. Reason serves practical reasons, since it drinks from all the information Google provides you, information related to restaurants, hotels, monuments, shops and endless places within the city itself.
It is true that Waze allows us to obtain all this data in a relatively simple way. The advantage of Google Maps is that it allows us to know associated data such as the opening and closing time, the maximum influx time, the score of the premises and the comments of the clients themselves. To this we must add the integration with Google Street View, thanks to which we can obtain a 360º image of the destinations where we are going to travel.
If you are going to listen to music without spending data use VLC
There is no other application that allows us to have a more exact control of the reproduction than VLC. Not only does it support any type of video and sound format, it also supports Android Auto. What does this mean? Than we can manage music locally at our whim voice commands by.
Another option is download Spotify offline lists to avoid consuming data. Unfortunately, this feature is limited to paid subscriptions on the platform. Therefore, the best option is always a local – and free – music player.
And if you prefer podcasts and audiobooks …
For the reproduction of podcasts and audiobooks we can choose different applications. In the first case, Pocket Casts is one of the best options that currently exist on the market. To listen to audiobooks, we can always choose applications such as Audiolibre, the largest platform for smartphones.
Set up automatic responses before going on vacation
Android Auto has a curious function that allows us to create automatic responses to answer notifications from applications such as WhatsApp or Telegram. The process is really simple.
Within the Android Auto Settings we will go to the Messages section and immediately afterwards to the Automatic Reply option. Now we will only have to write the response that we want the application to send to our contacts if we receive a notification from some of the applications mentioned above.
And hide the content of the notification messages
Did you know that Android Auto allows us to hide the content of notifications that we receive from other applications? So is. We can do it from the same section of Messages mentioned above, more specifically in the options of Always see messages, Show message notifications and Show group notifications. Simply uncheck each of these options to hide the content of the messages, as we can see in the image below.
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