One of the great novelties of the long-awaited version 6.0 of Android Auto is being able to take better advantage of the Google Assistant. From now on, in addition to adding applications to the home screen, you can also add shortcuts to Google Assistant commands.
This is a quick and easy way to launch a Google Assistant command with one tap in Android Auto. Best of all, you can use any command, from sending a WhatsApp to starting the route home or whatever else you can think of.
Create a shortcut to any Wizard command
If you're tired of repeating the same commands to Google over and over when using Android Auto, now you have an alternative: create a shortcut to Wizard actions. What this shortcut does is send the command directly to the Assistant, as if you had just said it out loud.
The command you are going to send depends on your preferences, as it is fully customizable in a similar way to how Routines work. Shortcuts to actions are shown as one more application in the Android Auto control panel.
To create a shortcut to a Google Assistant command, you will need to do it from the mobile. First, you must enter the section Customize apps menu and then touch on Add shortcut to apps menu and finally, Wizard Action.
You will then see the form to create your custom command. The most important thing is the first field: Wizard command, which corresponds to what you want to "tell" to the Google Assistant. For example, "let's go home", "send a WhatsApp to Pepe" or "open the garage".
Also, you can choose the icon text, which is what you'll see on the icon in the Android Auto application launcher. What you can't choose is the icon, which is made up of the first letter of the text and an overlay Google Assistant icon.
Before adding the shortcut to your car, you can try it to verify that it works as intended. To do this, tap on Test command and the order will be sent directly to Android Auto. If everything went well, press Create Shortcut to, now, add access.
This shortcut will be displayed either in alphabetical order or where you have located it, if you have configured the manual order. Of course, you will need restart Android Auto to display the new shortcut.