2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Android Auto Works, Finally
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on December 14, 2015
I switched to Android recently after purchasing a Nexus 6P. After testing out how Apple CarPlay worked with the aftermarket Pioneer head unit in our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8, I was eager to see how the equivalent Android Auto worked. Imagine my disappointment when it didn't.
When I plugged my fancy new phone in, the head unit displayed "Incompatible USB." After doing some research, I learned that our Pioneer AVH-4100NEX has two USB outputs on the back and that only one of them supports Android. Fortunately, our installer plugged a USB cable into each, and both sit easily accessible in the glovebox.
I plugged in my USB 3.0 adapter into the correct cable. It still didn't work.
More research revealed that you need to dive into the settings to choose between iPhone support and "Others" (that's Android). Four touchscreen presses later, and you're good to switch.
Interestingly, on Android's first handshake with a new car, it requires the car be in park with the emergency brake on. After doing this, and accepting a bunch of legalese, Android Auto was ready to go.
While this switching sounds frustrating, it's important to remember that 20 or so people swap through this car regularly. You should only expect similar problems if your household is divided by phone operating systems.
We'll look deeper into how Android Auto works soon. In the meantime, I'm just happy I can access Google Maps while driving.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor