Android Auto users will soon see a wider variety of navigation, parking and charging apps on the Play Store. As of today, Google allows third-party developers to push the software of these categories towards production. This means that you will soon start to see these apps appearing on the Play Store.
Google first said it would open its market to a wider variety of Android Auto apps last august. More recently, you were able to discover some of them by applying to test them in beta. Now this is no longer necessary. Prior to today’s expansion, Google allowed third-party developers to publish messaging and media apps for Android Auto, but not much else. As 9to5Google note, the company had been reluctant to open up the platform to other types of programs. Much of this is down to its desire to ensure a safe experience for users. Even with today’s announcement, the company is emphasizing development stores that follow its guidelines when making their software available on Android Auto.