A few months ago, Apple unveiled CarPlay, which gives users an iOS-like interface that allows them to interact with features on their phone, putting it all in front of the driver. This helps to not distract drivers. According to the folks at Android Police, Google is developing something similar, aptly named KITT. Take this with a grain of salt for now, but it sounds pretty interesting.
The name comes from Knight Rider, and is the name of the self-driving, talking car. It stands for Knight Industries Three Thousand. KITT will be an Android feature, not a dashboard solution. So users will be able to use it in any car that they drive. This should translate into a higher rate of adoption compared to CarPlay for sure and is a great idea.
KITT is always on and always listening, so users will be able to activate KITT without having to touch the phone or even look at it. One of the ways to get KITT running is to wave your hand over the screen, which will take you to Google Now where the rest of the services can be accessed. KITT will read your messages, notifications, and even links to websites, although Google is said to be considering a “read it later” feature so that you won’t be distracted while you drive. Google wants you to plug the device into your car’s 12V socket, to help prevent loss on battery life while using it. No official word from Google yet, but we should hear more soon if this all pans out.