Google is partnering with car companies to bring Android into the automative world


A new group that has been named the Open Automotive Alliance is looking to bring the Android OS to cars.

The members so far involved in this initiative include Google, Honda, Audi, GM, Nvidia, and Hyundai. They are working towards finding a way to have Android in the entertainment systems that the cars have and do so “in a way that is purpose built for cars.”

The various car companies involved are definitely keen to join together with Android.

“Partnering with Google and the OAA on an ecosystem that spans across vehicles and handheld mobile devices furthers our mission to bring vehicles into our owners digital lives and their digital lives into their vehicles,” Mary Chan, who is GM’s President of the Global Connected Consumer unit, said. “We see huge opportunities for the Android platform paired with OnStar 4G LTE connectivity in future Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles.”

Sundar Pichai, who is the SVP at Google for Android, Chrome & Apps added that “millions of people are already familiar with Android and use it everyday. 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.”

It will still be a little while before any of these cars come out with Android, with earliest predictions being at the end of 2014.

[via The Verge, Open Automotive Alliance, image via Robert Scoble’s flickr]

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