Google Collaborates With GM, Honda And Audi For Android Powered Cars

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Its official. Google is launching Android based car system. Last week we reported that this might be a possibility, but Google has announced its plans at the ongoing Consumer Electronic Show (CES) at Las Vegas.

The internet behemoth has joined forces with Audi, General Motors, Honda, and Hyundai to form a new consortium aimed at making Android in the car a reality. Google has launched the  Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) with the above automakers to  focus on bringing the successful mobile operating system to in-car entertainment systems.

 ”Putting Android in the car will bring drivers apps and services they already know and love, while enabling automakers to more easily deliver cutting-edge technology to their customers. And it will create new opportunities for developers to extend the variety and depth of the Android app ecosystem,” Patrick Brady, director of Android engineering said in a blog post.

The first Android-connected cars are planned for launch by the end of 2014. The alliance is also developing new Android platform features that will enable the car to become a connected Android device. It would allow the apps and music on Android smartphones and tablets to work better with onboard car systems. Google is inviting more companies to join the OAA initiative and help it build a common platform” for the road.

The ideal of a OS based car dashboard is really interesting and sounds helpful as it will help drivers concentrate on driving rather than juggling their devices for controlling mobile devices. But Google is not the only firm targeting automakers with its system as Apple is also trying to bring iOS to cars.  Apple announced its own plan to created a connected in-car experience last year, and several partners  including GM have already lined up to make it happen.


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