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Google bringing Android to cars with Open Auto Alliance

Google bringing Android to cars with Open Auto Alliance

Android could soon be powering your car's dashboard and multimedia system.

Google is to bring its Android operating system to motor vehicles thanks to its newly launched Open Auto Alliance initiative.

Launched in partnership with vehicle manufacturers Audi, General Motors (GM), Honda and Hyundai and chip-maker Nvidia, the idea is to accelerate Android innovation in the motorcar market.

By working together the ultimate aim is for vehicles and other Android-powered portable devices to communicate seamlessly so entering your car doesn't mean shutting yourself off from your connected world.

Specifically, with OAA, Google will bring your favourite music, apps and other Android content to your car’s dashboard, all controlled via the car’s in-built controls and display panel.

“Google has teamed up with automotive and technology leaders Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia to form the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), a global alliance aimed at accelerating auto innovation with an approach that offers openness, customisation and scale”, said Patrick Brady, Director of Android Engineering at Google on the official blog.

"The worlds of consumer and automotive technologies have never been more closely aligned, and this alliance will only pave the way for faster innovation," said Ricky Hudi, head of Electronics Development at Audi. "Working toward a common ecosystems benefits driver safety above all."

Manufacturers have experimented with using Android in cars, with examples going back as far as 2010 but the plan is for the OAA to provide a much greater level of integration.

Link: Official Android blog

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ArthurB 6th January 2014, 20:36 Quote
If it's anything like the Android Handset Alliance, we'll have to buy new cars every 18 months in order to get the latest version of Android. :-(
greigaitken 6th January 2014, 20:45 Quote
logs everywhere you go, driving habits, miles per day. Sells.
greigaitken 6th January 2014, 20:47 Quote
Once we all using google driverless cars with cameras - we can get google maps in real time.
Snips 7th January 2014, 09:16 Quote
"so entering your car doesn't mean shutting yourself off from your connected world. "

I'd rather they didn't as there's too much distracting idiots in cars even now. Swear to Allah, I saw a girl driving down the road with her phone in one hand looking at it but somehow holding the wheel while her other hand was putting on mascara.

That Aussie tv advert in the NSFW topic kind of says it all.
Nexxo 7th January 2014, 09:41 Quote
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Bhuvsta 7th January 2014, 09:44 Quote
An in-car Spotify app would be nice. Although giving Google another facet of you life to gather data about is probably not good, NSA much?
r3loaded 7th January 2014, 11:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Snips
"so entering your car doesn't mean shutting yourself off from your connected world. "

I'd rather they didn't as there's too much distracting idiots in cars even now. Swear to Allah, I saw a girl driving down the road with her phone in one hand looking at it but somehow holding the wheel while her other hand was putting on mascara.

That Aussie tv advert in the NSFW topic kind of says it all.

Yep, even as a tech geek I must say all of this is so unnecessary. All I really need from a car is a Bluetooth connection that's not flaky. I can then stream my music from the phone to the car and control playback using the car's controls rather than fumble with the touchscreen while driving. That is all, the other stuff just distracts from driving.

If they want to implement some innovative new feature (a browser on your dashboard is NOT innovative) then I'd rather they do it using a phone as the interface rather than integrating technology that will become outdated into the dash.
Meanmotion 7th January 2014, 11:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Snips
I'd rather they didn't as there's too much distracting idiots in cars even now. Swear to Allah, I saw a girl driving down the road with her phone in one hand looking at it but somehow holding the wheel while her other hand was putting on mascara.

Did you see this story? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-25624978

To be fair, I think if he wasn't a repeat offender - as in he didn't already have points on his license - it's a ridiculous over-reaction. Unfortunately the story doesn't clarify.
RichCreedy 7th January 2014, 12:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Meanmotion
Did you see this story? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-25624978

To be fair, I think if he wasn't a repeat offender - as in he didn't already have points on his license - it's a ridiculous over-reaction. Unfortunately the story doesn't clarify.

I don't think it was an over-reaction, if he had hit a bump (pothole or such like) his knees would not have held the steering wheel well enough to avoid an accident.
hyperion 7th January 2014, 14:29 Quote
I would like it if the system gave the driver access to the car's ECU for on-the-fly adjustment of the air/fuel ratio with presets for economy and performance. Is there such a thing already?
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