A car-focused version of Android is coming

A car-focused version of Android is coming

The current Google’s Android Auto app, which is not an operating system, is a streamed interface that runs on a smartphone and uses the in-dash car display as an external touchscreen monitor.

This new initiative is a full operating system that runs directly on the car. The large amount of popular Android apps developed by Google or third party app developers, like Google Maps and Spotify, will offer connected and predictive services in and around the car. The new system will embed the Google Assistant too, which allows you searching on the go, asking for directions, and making phone calls.

At I/O mobile developers conference, Google will show off live demonstrations of the operating system running on the Audi Q8 and Volvo V90 SUVs. Google has signed a deal with Audi and Volvo. This new system will make its way to Audi and Volvo’s entire fleets, along with other manufacturers.

This is not the first time Android is used as infotainment system. For example, the 2016 Hyundai Genesis uses Android for its infotainment system, but it uses the ancient Android 2.3 Gingerbread. With Google making car infotainment systems an official Android platform, hopefully it can set a standard and provide guidance to car OEMs, specifically around updates and getting up-to-date versions.

Source: Bloomberg Technology