During the Google I/O conference this past May we learned about the Android Open Accessory Protocol, which provides a way for Android devices to communicate with other devices over a USB connection. The protocol is available in Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) and Android 2.3.4. Today, HARMAN International Industries, which manufactures a variety of automotive entertainment products, announced their support for the Android Open Accessory Protocol.
According to HARMAN’s press release, Android devices can be controlled using a car’s dashboard or steering wheel controls. By plugging an Android phone in to a HARMAN equipped car, you will be able to control song selection, volume control and other functions using the car’s controls. Support is also available to voice control Android devices by using the protocol, and there is even the possibility to stream video content to backseat screens.
HARMAN products with the JBL, Infinity, harman/kardon, AKG, lexicon, and mark levinson brands are available cars from Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Hyundai, Subaru, BMW, and MINI. HARMAN did not provide any details about when the Android integration will be available.