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Gaia GPS Brings In-Car Backcountry Navi to Android Auto

Gaia GPS brings its exhaustive map collection and backcountry capability to Android Auto and Google.

Android Auto’s navigation technology has gone off-road. Today, Gaia GPS announces its compatibility with Android Auto. The long-awaited development makes Gaia GPS the first backcountry navigation app built for Google’s in-vehicle system.

Gaia GPS for Android Auto allows users to pull up any Gaia GPS map right on the car’s dashboard screen. The new rollout includes satellite, Gaia Topo, Nat Geo Trails Illustrated, MUVM, and more of the software’s partners and integrated displays. Drivers can then navigate anywhere, including offline — and with turn-by-turn directions.

The release catches Android-based Gaia GPS users up with their iOS counterparts the company completed Apple CarPlay compatibility in February 2020.

New Gaia GPS & Android Auto Capabilities

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Let’s get one thing straight: If you have a phone equipped with Gaia GPS and Android Auto, you really shouldn’t get lost. Like ever.

The list of standout features is enough to turn Clark Griswold into Jeremiah Johnson. It includes:

  • Turn-by-turn guidance on obscure backroads not available on Google or Apple Maps
  • In-vehicle and on-foot navigation to get you to the trailhead, down the trail, and back again
  • Landmark and detail ID that sources Gaia GPS’s entire map collection to pinpoint land boundaries, viewpoints, trailheads, restrooms, and more
  • A zoomed-in phone screen view to allow overlanders to safely see the map on HUD

Again, if you get lost, it’s on you. There’s nothing wrong with a hand-drawn map on a beer-stained napkin, but it does tend to lead to the long way around. 

Gaia GPS for Android: How to Get It

All you need to make any of this work is a car that has a compatible dash display. And that list is growing because nobody makes a car without a tablet in the dash anymore. Download the Android Auto or Gaia GPS app to try it out.

Or, to learn more, visit Android Auto or Gaia GPS.

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Sam Anderson

Sam has roamed the American continent to follow adventures, explore natural wonders, and find good stories. After going to college to be a writer, he got distracted (or saved) by rock climbing and spent most of the next decade on the road, supporting himself with trade work. He's had addresses in the Adirondack Mountains, Las Vegas, and somehow Kansas, but his heart belongs in the Texas hill country.