Android Auto is a new infotainment system and interface developed by Google for the next-generation cars. It was presented at Google I/O in San Francisco.
Open Automotive Alliance
Google’s Android Auto software will be officially supported by the so-called Open Automotive Alliance. This alliance consists of many automakers and technology manufacturers, and some of those recently joined the OAA. Google is, of course, the founding member, together with Audi, Honda, General Motors, Hyundai, Acura, Chevrolet, Abarth, Dodge, Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Kia, Opel, Ram.
Some of the new auto industry members to join the OAA are: Bentley, Fiat, Chrysler, Mazda, Infiniti, Maserati, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen, Subaru, Renault, Suzuki, Volvo. Other companies recently joined include: LG, Panasonic, Pioneer, Alpine, Parrot, Delphi, Fujitsu, Harman, Freescale, CloudCar, Symphony Teleca, Renesas, Clarion, and JVC Kenwood.
Android Auto Software
Like I already mentioned, the next-gen in-car infotainment software was unveiled at Google’s Annual Developers Conference in San Francisco. It will be a direct competition to Apple’s CarPlay. However, come future vehicles will feature both Google and Apple systems, like Volvo XC90.
Owners will be able to connect their Android-powered smartphones and other devices via the default interface or custom-made interface developed by the automakers. This will allow them to make calls, send text messages, search the internet, find POI, activate satellite navigation, and do other stuff via either touch screen, multifunctional steering wheel, or using voice control. Using voice, drivers won’t be distracted and they can stay focused on the road. You know how they say: Safety first!
Google said that they will be releasing the SDK in the upcoming months, so developers will be able to start developing apps and services as soon as possible. Some of the known applications to be offered are Pandora internet radio, Google Play Music and Maps, Spotify, Stitcher, MLB.TV, Pocket Casts, iHeart Radio, Joyride, etc.
We will not have long to wait for Android Auto, because the infotainment system will be coming soon to the next-generation models. As soon as some of the automakers listed above release their new models for the 2015 model year, you will get the chance to buy those vehicles with this software.
Volvo announced that the company will introduce the new features in their 2015 Volvo XC90 based on the Scalable Product Architecture. Everything will be accessible via a big touch screen display (photo below) and steering wheel.
Hyundai will also offer Android Auto in the 2015 MY Hyundai vehicles together with their Audio Video Navigation systems. Honda announced that they are going to introduce this software with the selected 2015 models, exact models will be announced later. Audi said they will offer Auto Connection software in the 2015 S3 and other future models.
You can learn more details at this Android Auto fans website.
Take your first look at the Google’s new infotainment system in the video presentation below.