Google to Push Android into Motor Cars
Published on: 6th Jan 2014
By: David Ng
Google and a number of car manufacturers have formed a new trade group designed to promote the use of the Android OS in motor vehicles later this year.
Audi, GM, Google, Honda, Hyundai and NVIDIA have joined together to form the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) that will develop a common platform for in-car telematics and other services.
"Millions of people are already familiar with Android and use it everyday," said Sundar Pichai, SVP of Android, Chrome & Apps at Google. "The expansion of the Android platform into automotive will allow our industry partners to more easily integrate mobile technology into cars and offer drivers a familiar, seamless experience so they can focus on the road."
Timing from each automaker will vary, but motorists can expect to see the first cars with Android integration by the end of this year.
"We see huge opportunities for the Android platform paired with OnStar 4G LTE connectivity in future Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles." said Mary Chan, President of General Motors' Global Connected Consumer unit.