November 22, 2014

Android comes to the open road with Open Automotive Alliance

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Android connected cars coming from a variety of industry players

Android is coming to your cars, and in a big way. Today sees the official announcement of Google’s latest initiative, the Open Automotive Alliance.

Partnering other players in the space such as Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia, the goal is to accelerate “auto innovation with an approach that offers openness, customization and scale”. Just like Google did with the Open Handset Alliance and smartphones, the Open Automotive Alliance should do for vehicles.

While we’ve seen some companies take a crack at integrating smartphones or tablets in the automobile, there are no standards yet. What’s more, it’s a wonky experience when it’s done. To say there’s room for improvement would be an understatement.

…Your favorite apps and music…safely with your car’s built-in controls and in-dash display…Working to enable new forms of integration with Android devices, and adapting Android for the car to make driving safer, easier and more enjoyable for everyone. …Enabling automakers to more easily deliver cutting-edge technology to their customers.

Let’s hope that other industry names join the fray and that innovation accelerates for the auto space as quickly as it has for smartphones. According to the OAA, we can expect to see the first cars with Android integration by the end of this year.

To learn more check out the official website of the Open Automotive Alliance.

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