GoogleÃ‚Â haveÃ‚Â announced the release of a new emulator tool for developers who want to targetÃ‚Â Android Auto.
The DHU enables your workstation to act as an Android Auto head unit that emulates the in-car experience for testing purposes. Once youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve installed the DHU, you can test your Android Auto apps by connecting your phone and workstation via USB.
Your phone will behave as if itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s connected to a car. Your app is displayed on the workstation, the same as itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s displayed on a car.
Developers can nowÃ‚Â test developmentÃ‚Â versions of apps in a production-like environment, without having to work from your car.
You’ll still need to connect your phone, but this will give a much better sense of what drivers will get from the appÃ‚Â Ã¢â‚¬â€ all without having to actually get behind the wheel for testing.
With the release of the DHU, the previous simulators are deprecated, but will be supported for a short period prior to being officially removed.