Because many of us have learned the hard way, there are many reasons why Android Auto may fail to start, and one of them relates to a bad cable or a problem introduced by a new update.
A similar problem was reported on Google forums in September this year, when users revealed that launching Android Auto on the main devices in their cars is no longer possible because the application icon never appeared. On the other hand, Android Auto starts correctly on the smartphone and this signals a potential problem with the connection to the infotainment system.
Google first confirmed that it was investigating everything in early September, but a member of Android Auto has already returned to ask for more information, explaining that the company needs logs to find out what̵
In addition, Google wants to know if the latest update to Android Auto allows everything, so it is likely that version 5.8 will introduce additional connectivity improvements.
“Could you let us know if you’re still experiencing this issue after the latest app updates?The Android Auto team asked. “It would be great if you could send us an error report from your phone to diagnose the root cause of the problem. We will send an email with instructions on how to capture an error report. Please reply directly to the email with your information.”
There is no known workaround so far, but if everything started to happen after the Android Auto update, just downgrading to the previous version should help restore the car’s operating behavior.
It is unknown at this time when Google may come up with a solution, so you better not hold your breath. If nothing else, a new update to Android Auto will appear in a few weeks as version 5.9 and will be the last release of the year.