First four carmakers join Google's infotainment alliance
The technology giant has formed an alliance with Audi, General Motors, Honda and Hyundai Motor Group in a move aimed at bringing the latest technology to the automotive market quicker than before, using the familiar Android operating system found on smartphones and tablets. Display component manufacturer NVIDIA is also a project partner.
As part of the project, the vehicles will share a technology platform which can be customised, and allow smartphone and tablet apps to be controlled via the car's dashboard.
The first vehicle featuring the OAA platform will launch this year, though none of those involved in the alliance have said they’ll be first to market. Other carmakers are being sought to join the alliance.
Sundar Pichai, SVP of Android, Chrome and apps at Google, said: ‘Millions of people are already familiar with Android and use it everyday,” said “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.’