Google continues to work on improving the experience with Android Auto. While the current focus seems to be on honing existing features, it looks like more features are on the way and may be part of future updates.
In addition to the new connection troubleshooter which should help users resolve any issues caused by faulty cables, Google is also running on what appears to be a dedicated day and night mode toggle specifically for Google Maps on Android Auto.
So, in theory, users may at some point be able to manually switch from dark mode to light visual style in Google Maps directly from the Android Auto interface, according to a recent finding.
Right now, Android Auto and Google Maps user interfaces should automatically adapt to the car’s settings, especially on factory-installed head units. In other words, if you are driving during the day with only the DRLs turned on, Android Auto and Google Maps should use the standard light mode.
The moment you turn on the lights (either manually or automatically if a light sensor is installed on the car), Android Auto should turn on dark mode, thus asking Google Maps to activate the night interface as well.
Once the new setting is uploaded for everyone, Android Auto users will technically be able to manually choose which mode they want Google Maps to use all the time, right from the main unit.
Of course, it’s too early to say when the setting should go live, given that it’s still in its early stages, so you’d better not hold your breath for its release right now.
A new update to Android Auto is expected to arrive as version 6.4 next month, so we’re still three weeks away from when another update arrives and see if work on this new feature has progressed or not.