In its latest update, Android Auto has implemented a series of enhancements, one of which is a subtle yet practical feature that highlights the apps that are only functional when the vehicle is parked.

Previously, when attempting to launch apps while the vehicle was in motion, users were met with a generic error message instructing them to park the vehicle. This could lead to unnecessary fiddling with the infotainment system, potentially diverting attention away from the road.

Android Auto ‘parked-only’ app indicator

However, the latest version of Android Auto, starting from v11.4, introduces an app indicator in the form of a ‘P’ icon, that necessitate the car to be stationary for operation. For instance, an app like GameSnacks, a collection of touchscreen games, might be flagged with the ‘P’ icon.

This icon acts as a clear and immediate indicator, preemptively informing users of an app’s intended usage scenario. So, I feel this proactive approach eliminates guesswork and minimizes the risk of confusion while driving. Furthermore, the update coincides with the wider rollout of message summaries, further reducing driving distractions as much as possible through Android Auto.

Note: If you are not seeing these features, simply check the Play Store for updates or wait until they are rolled out to everyone.

It remains to be seen how extensively developers will utilize this new feature and how effectively it will integrate into existing app functionalities. However, the introduction of the ‘P’ icon signifies a step towards a more intuitive and user-friendly Android Auto experience, potentially paving the way for further improvements in driver safety and information clarity.

Karanjot Sidhu
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A computer science engineer who loves tech and won't stop talking about it. Here at Piunikaweb, I mostly cover Google Pixel deals and how-tos, though you may find me covering Pixel news as well sometimes. Apart from being a nerd, i love gaming and watching movies in my free time.