Monday 6 January 2014: Google joined a new partnership with automakers General Motors, Audi, Honda and Hyundai to bring Android to the open road. The companies, with semiconductor firm Nvidia, announced the formation of the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) which is an industry group committed to bringing the Android platform to cars starting in 2014. A common platform that will drive innovation, and make technology in the car safer and more intuitive for everyone.
In their announcement Google said: “In this multi-screen world, switching between our different devices should be easy and seamless. Common platforms allow for one connected experience across our phone, tablet and PC, so we get the right information at the right time, no matter what device we’re using. But there’s still an important device that isn’t yet connected as seamlessly to the other screens in our lives – the car.”
OAA will allow automakers to more easily bring cutting-edge technology to their drivers, and create new opportunities for developers to deliver powerful experiences for drivers and passengers in a safe and scalable way. 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.
We don’t know further details about this new project (OAA), but logic says that Android will incorporated into infotainment systems, which can be integrated apps and a system of voice commands, similar to the Siri of Apple.
Last but not least, Google closes the announcement by saying that the first car with Android operating system will go on sale at the end of 2014.
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