Google announces partnership with major automakers to integrate Android

Google has announced through its official Android blog that it has partnered with major automobile manufacturers to bring the Android operating system to cars with the formation of the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA).

According to the blog post, automotive companies Audi, GM, Honda and Hyundai, and semiconductor technology giant Nvidia have joined forces with Google to form the alliance. The main purpose of the OAA is to develop new experiences and innovations for cars using open standards. It's been previously reported that Apple is looking at integrating Siri-like technology in cars from BMW, Toyota and Honda. Google is expected to announce a partnership with Audi for developing in-car technology at CES, which may give more details about the OAA as well.

The OAA believes there are already billions of cars and connected devices currently in use that don't offer seamless integration with each other and are often incompatible because of proprietary technologies used by a handful of automakers.

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android and Chrome apps at Google, said that, "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."

Consumers can expect to see the technology developed by the OAA in cars throughout 2014 depending on the manufacturers. Google expects more automobile companies to join the alliance and is open to new ideas for safe and seamless technology integration from developers.

Source: Google | Image via Car Dashboard on Play Store

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If Audi are going to use Android, why are they road-testing a completed MeeGo/Tizen-based solution in their cars at Nürburgring in Germany this week? It's also being used in Lamborghini cars, which Audi owns. Can somebody please do some of the "journalism" thing your supposedly paid for and explore this?

Why aren't people asking "why?" What's in this for Google? How will they make money? Do you REALLY want Google to know every detail about the use of your car as well? Who will they sell this information to? Is the NSA involved? Enquiring minds need to know.

So now my car will be restarting randomly as well. No thanks! (of course not every Android phone may do this, but all mine certainly did)

Raa said,
No, it's not running Windows.

Funny enough, Windows is now one of the least malware-prone systems you can buy. Android is BY FAR the number one with over 94% of Android users in Asia experiencing malware, viruses and botnets.

Major_Plonquer said,

Windows is now one of the least malware-prone systems you can buy.

I'll let my customers that bring their Windows computers in for cleaning know that.

Makes sense that the most popular mobile operating system in the world be integrated with the most popular automobiles in the world.

The future is much more frightening as these start driving themselves.

Imagine a road trip where they conveniently drive you into the parking lots of their sponsored advertisers

No thanks, not interested in Android so I wouldn't want it 'integrated' into any future car purchase of mine either.

este said,
No thanks, not interested in Android so I wouldn't want it 'integrated' into any future car purchase of mine either.

maybe they won't call it android, like how osx isn't called unix? who knows

dead.cell said,
"Sorry, but the software you're trying to update is not available on your model/make of car. Please upgrade your vehicle!"

LOL wouldn't that be something. That's one of the reasons I don't particularly care for Android platform.

este said,

LOL wouldn't that be something. That's one of the reasons I don't particularly care for Android platform.

Agreed, and I'm an Android user.

Good news! Already Parrot is making devices running on Android (but without google Play market) and have partnered with Volvo among others for their devices to be built in from factory. This alliance will help more cars run some sort of "smart" OS.

Microsoft already has Windows Embedded Automotive, with limited use at the moment, and the only way to get iOS apps into the car is to use a car stereo capable of working as an external screen (Pioneer off the top of my head).

Apps and other stuff is coming to the car, it remains to be seen if Android will dominate it alone or if Microsoft and Apple will try harder for a piece of this cake.

The open handset alliance is ran like the mafia with Google close sourcing everything after their bait and switch tactic gets them and punishing those that don't comply with the google agenda just they have Acer and other android OEMs. Not to mention like all google services, interop with non google blessed devices will remain low.

I like the idea of bringing better platforms into the car but this is also a cheap move of Google in my opinion to be ahead of the competition. By this alliance will the change be less for other companies to bring their software into a car..

Wonder what Apple will do with their iOS in a car system and if Microsoft is going to implement something too for in cars. But most of all, which cars will go with the alliance or for Apple/Microsoft.

Niekess said,
I like the idea of bringing better platforms into the car but this is also a cheap move of Google in my opinion to be ahead of the competition. By this alliance will the change be less for other companies to bring their software into a car..

Wonder what Apple will do with their iOS in a car system and if Microsoft is going to implement something too for in cars. But most of all, which cars will go with the alliance or for Apple/Microsoft.

You do know, MS started their auto integration movement many many years ago? They pushed Windows CE as Windows Automotive... and A couple years ago had "Microsoft Sync" in Ford cars....

neufuse said,

You do know, MS started their auto integration movement many many years ago? They pushed Windows CE as Windows Automotive... and A couple years ago had "Microsoft Sync" in Ford cars....

Didn't knew that, thanks for the information. Sadly it's discontinued or at least not active developed.

Niekess said,

Didn't knew that, thanks for the information. Sadly it's discontinued or at least not active developed.

My 2014 Ford Focus has Microsoft Sync. So, it has not been discontinued.

As I understand it, Microsoft's Sync is not being actively developed - at most it's in maintenance mode. Meanwhile, the Ford Sync + Touch software is made in-house by Ford, and not Microsoft.

neufuse said,
... and A couple years ago had "Microsoft Sync" in Ford cars....

It was always called Ford Sync.

It doesn't use Windows Automotive, but MS learned a lot from being a Ford Sync development partner to make Windows Automotive better.

What happens when it blue scre.... oh wait... MS already went into the Auto market and this is google.... never mind these cars will drive themselves!

neufuse said,
What happens when it blue scre.... oh wait... MS already went into the Auto market and this is google.... never mind these cars will drive themselves!

And you'll have to walk the last 2 blocks to your destination because Google has the address wrong! :-)

Not that this is a common problem, but Google Maps actually did have my last address wrong by about 2 blocks!

DConnell said,

And you'll have to walk the last 2 blocks to your destination because Google has the address wrong! :-)

No, this isn't using Apple's iOS 7 maps.

Raa said,

No, this isn't using Apple's iOS 7 maps.

Apple Maps would have shown my house in a lake! :-D

Like I said, Google Maps actually had my last address marked on the map about 2 blocks down the road. Apparently Google thought I lived at Dunkin Donuts! ;-)

Edited by DConnell, Jan 6 2014, 10:47pm :

Why i waited a while to get power everything in my car. But like power evey thing in cars, this tech, while new, will be an everyday thing in cars someday and breaking wont be a common thing.

Edited by techbeck, Jan 6 2014, 3:31pm :

techbeck said,
Why i waited a while to get power everything in my car. But like power evey thing in cars, this tech, while new, will be an everyday thing in cars someday and breaking wont be a common thing.

You missed that "/s" tag.

That Android ****'s constantly updating something every time I turn on either of my Android tablets. I don't want that garbage in my car.

_dandy_ said,

You missed that "/s" tag.

That Android ****'s constantly updating something every time I turn on either of my Android tablets. I don't want that garbage in my car.

Hey at least you don't have to wait before you can turn your car off so it can install updates, then wait again before starting it up so it can complete installing those updates.

_dandy_ said,

You missed that "/s" tag.

That Android ****'s constantly updating something every time I turn on either of my Android tablets. I don't want that garbage in my car.

Programs get updated...how strange. Never seen someone not want updates.

_dandy_ said,

You missed that "/s" tag.

There was none


That Android ****'s constantly updating something every time I turn on either of my Android tablets. I don't want that garbage in my car.

Apps update. If you dont want them to update, then dont install any apps. Android can release updates faster than any other platform because they dont have to go thru a strict approval process.

Welcome to the Microsoft Metro Car. We have the same steering wheel, gearbox, and engine on every car! Let's make the car form factor neutral! (even if the engine and gearbox require you to learn to drive all over again)

adrynalyne said,
Programs get updated...how strange. Never seen someone not want updates.

There's updates, yeah, but then Android redefines the scale. To me, that reeks of "release first, fix later".

I'd rather see this stuff get worked on for longer and be in better shape as a result when it does get released. We're talking about cars, not electronic toys.

_dandy_ said,

There's updates, yeah, but then Android redefines the scale. To me, that reeks of "release first, fix later".

I'd rather see this stuff get worked on for longer and be in better shape as a result when it does get released. We're talking about cars, not electronic toys.

Most of that is on the app developers. Some do it, some don't. Google doesn't put a leash on them, unlike Apple.

adrynalyne said,
Most of that is on the app developers. Some do it, some don't. Google doesn't put a leash on them, unlike Apple.

Fair point. I really believe Android developers are into the habit of putting **** together and then throwing it over the fence.

_dandy_ said,

Fair point. I really believe Android developers are into the habit of putting **** together and then throwing it over the fence.

Agreed.

Nice, I like the sound of having more control of my car via smart phone devices. I think it's Nissan always advertise the "send directions to car" feature on the TV and I think thats a great idea. Interested to see what else they can come up with

they didn't come up with that, my old BMW had that, and that was MY2008... i don't even think it was new then..

BGM said,
they didn't come up with that, my old BMW had that, and that was MY2008... i don't even think it was new then..

I'm not claiming anyone came up with it, but it isn't a feature you see in many cars. So if Google put android into cars with a common OS it may be become more standard as well as other functions.