Google has announced that it will introduce an overhauled version of Android Auto in a few months time, which it claims will offer users a more intuitive interface that makes it easier to access information and perform common tasks.

The biggest change by far is a new navigation bar at the bottom of the display, which replaces the static white buttons of the current interface. The navigation bar allows certain apps to utilise the section for its functions so users won’t have to frequently switch between apps like before.

As an example, let’s say you have Spotify playing and Google Maps with the full map view open. Previously, if you wanted to play the next song, you’d need to tap the headphone icon at the bottom to access Spotify before tapping the “forward” button – assuming you only interface with the screen.

With the new interface, the navigation bar will present media controls for Spotify within the full map view, so there’s no need to switch apps. The navigation bar also sees the home button being positioned to the left instead of in the middle, and it now brings up a list of available apps.

There’s also a notification button that brings you to a notification centre that shows recent calls, messages and alerts. The button is located next to the Google Assistant button, which is now in the bottom right rather than the top right from before.

Other changes include a new dark theme with colourful accents and easier to read fonts, as well as better support for infotainment system using widescreen displays, allowing for more information to be displayed.