Android Auto apps should use a simple, flat hierarchy so drivers don’t have to remember where they are within the app. Designing a flat hierarchy means using the primary app screen to display the essential app functions, and using the drawer for navigation to secondary information.
Android Auto apps shouldn’t include all of the features from a mobile app or website. Instead, they should make the most important features prominent and easy to use. Additional functionality might be relevant in the Android Auto app that did not exist on the app or website.
In this example, the RoboCharge website and app contain a large amount of information and actions. This much content displayed at once could be distracting while driving.
In the Android Auto version, only the most important information and actions are displayed. By minimizing additional content, the app can provide the primary functionality while attempting to minimize driver distraction.
Android Auto app contains:
- The primary information and actions from the app and website
- Car-specific functionality, such as locating nearby charging stations