Gabe Nelson:

Brady said Google plans to freely offer the Google-designed interface to automakers for use inside their cars, though it expects that most automakers using Android will design customized interfaces to suit their brands.

In another major change, Google announced that it plans to offer Android Auto as a stand-alone app for smartphones.

This means people with older cars — or newer cars that haven’t been designed for Android Auto — will be able to get a comparable experience by placing a smartphone in a mount on the dashboard.