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Acura ZDX to Feature Standard Google Built-In

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When it launches in early 2024, the Acura ZDX will mark a significant milestone as the brand’s first fully electric vehicle. It will also mark a smaller shift as its first offering to integrate the Google Built-In infotainment system, which bundles several Google products and adapts them for easier in-car use.

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In the infotainment system, Google Assistant will allow vehicle occupants to adjust cabin temperature or turn on seat heaters with voice control in addition to its usual functions of dictating and reading text messages and setting reminders. Google Built-In will also integrate with any Google smart home features, enabling remote control of a connected home’s temperature and lighting. Additionally, users can add to their car’s system by accessing the Google Store to download new apps and personalize their experience. The critical difference between the Google Built-In system and Android Auto is that the latter relies on the occupants to have an Android phone, while Google Built-In allows for access to various Google apps in the absence of a connected phone.

For the 2024 ZDX, Google Maps will be able to find nearby EV charging stations, compare prices and even initiate preconditioning of the car’s battery pack ahead of DC fast charging immediately upon arrival at a plug. Along with standard Google Built-In, the all-electric SUV will feature over-the-air updates, a digital gauge cluster, a large center touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, and a pocket-type wireless phone charger — a first for Acura, according to the brand.

It’s a nifty bit of tech, and we’re all for reducing drivers’ compulsion to look at their phones while driving, but in our experience, the system tends to be buggy. No doubt Google is working to address those bugs; good thing, too, because Acura says that while the ZDX will be its first vehicle to integrate Google Built-In, it will be using the tech in more models going forward.

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