And precisely BMW recently started an increasingly tighter collaboration with Google, with the aim of guaranteeing the owners of its vehicles an Android car experience complete and full of functionality and an example of the result of this collaboration is represented by BMW IX.
Google and BMW have chosen BMW IX to make the Instrument Cluster functionality make its debut, i.e. the possibility of seeing the classic navigation view of Android Auto on the screen (which is normally shown only on the main infotainment display).
This is a function that is already supported by Android Automotive and which guarantees users a considerable improvement in the driving experience, as it allows you to conduct the vehicle without having to look away from the road.
With Instrument Cluster the Mountain View giant has filled a gap but it seems that support for the framework of the tools for Android Auto does not seem to be of interest to many producers.
BMW has instead decided to take advantage of this opportunity and with BMW IX users also have the opportunity to view the most important information on the display behind the steering wheel.
Unfortunately, the BMW IX is a very expensive car (it starts from over 80,000 euros) and the hope is that this functionality of Android Auto can even land on more "common" vehicles.
Google still has to work a lot to be able to make Android Auto a successful solution, especially if we consider that many vehicles are not only lacking the Instrument Cluster function but also the wireless connection for the smartphone app.
Written by Matteo with love from Italy