It seems like Google’s sideline project – Android Auto is finally getting its major break. Google is partnering up with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance in a multi-year deal to bring up Android-enabled infotainment system in cars.
The rollout of Android-equipped cars is expected to begin in 2021 where millions of automobile will use Android in-dash navigation along with other Google services like voice assistant to answer text and calls and other Google Play Store apps.
The new system will be coupled with carmaker Alliance Intelligent Cloud, thus enabling remote software upgrades and vehicle diagnostics. Apparently, the system will also be compatible with Apple iOS as well.
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is the world’s leading automobile Alliance with over 10.6 million cars sold, alone in 2017. With the aid of Google leading AI technology, the company expects to sell 14 million cars and generate revenue up to $240 billion by the end of 2022.
“Google and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi share a common vision of delivering an intelligent, safe and seamless in-car experience with apps and services that are familiar, upgradable and connected,” said Hiroshi Lockheimer, senior vice president of platforms & ecosystems at Google.
Previously, automotive companies have shown reluctance for letting tech giants to take over their in-dash system. The Wall Street Journal notes the resistance is apparent as carmakers believe Google and other tech giants might abuse users private information for their own profit.
In any case, Android users have long used Google Maps or Android Auto for day-to-day navigations and found it quite helpful. So people would love to have an infotainment system in their car as well by Android.
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