We’re seeing that Google is starting to work with many big names in the automotive industry to bring Android Automotive to vehicles. Android Auto is already on the market, and it makes life easier for car owners who use Android powered smartphones. In short, the main difference between Android Automotive and Android Auto is that ‘Auto’ refers to simply connecting your phone to the vehicle and using its apps, while ‘Automotive’ is Android running as the OS on the car itself. With Android Automotive, apps can be installed directly on the car's IVI system.
Currently, Android Auto is already available in more than 500 car models. And, Google looks to integrate Android Automotive in Nissan, Mitsubishi, and Renault vehicles by 2021, allowing drivers and car manufacturers to indulge in the many benefits that the tech promises.