Moving over to Android Auto, is a simpler way to use your phone in the car, can now run Android directly as an OS on your vehicle, which Google wants Android and its Assistant to power your Car too. Here are the details.
Getting smarter media playback systems into cars is something that manufacturers seem to really struggle with. Google seems has taken a major step toward turning Android into a complete operating system for cars that doesn’t require the use of a phone. Announced partnerships with Audi and Volvo today, prior to this week’s I/O developer’s conference, that might see those carmakers build new branded systems using Android 7.0 Nougat.
Those vehicles will utterly use Android as the main operating system in upcoming cars. Deeper integration and the full Google Assistant is also expected. The manufacturer-tweaked versions of Google’s OS will power the cars’ main touchscreen displays, alongside the digital dashboard behind the steering wheel.
More to learn is that, they will add new services like Assistant to the apps and integration already available on Google’s Android Auto. Solutions like such infotainment systems into cars help that plight by allowing Android devices to effectively cast their apps to the dash, but it’s more of a workaround than a fix for something that has frankly needed fixing for years.
Now Google is somewhat trying to do just that aforementioned status. Taking Android Auto to the next level, the company has been talking again this time as well. Following a Chrysler concept back at CES, we now know that both Audi and Volvo will be making use of the new systems in some way integrated onto their vehicles in the future.
Today, Audi and Volvo announced they will build Android into their next generation of cars. That means your car’s built-in infotainment system could allow you to control your air conditioning, sunroof, and windows, find the nearest restaurant with Google Maps, listen to Spotify or NPR, or just ask your Google Assistant for help—even when you leave your phone behind.
Android will now also control basic functions like heating and cooling, seat position, or opening and closing the windows, etc. (It won’t go as far as controlling critical safety systems like brakes, though, according to Google.) Volvo says it plans to launch its Android on new models within two years from now, while Audi will showcase its latest versions off in the new Audi Q8 Sport concept.
The idea behind that is here that full Android will run in-car rather than on a connected smartphone, meaning everything should be, well, better. Google shared some best information regarding its plans and integration via a blog post on Monday and used both Audi and Volvo in photos that revealed both car makers’ work. The interfaces for the two in such a way to make us think that car companies will be given plenty of room to work without Google’s design language or restrictions getting in the way.
Taking over a car’s entire infotainment system, as opposed to just running on top of the one created by the manufacturer – has always seemed to be the endgame for Google’s initial efforts with Android Auto. That Google has been reportedly working on it as far back as late 2014. At that time, Google said this automotive version of Android would still be open source, and it wouldn’t necessarily lock out Apple’s CarPlay (or even the Android Auto app).
According to sources like Bloomberg News, Apple’s CarPlay would still be able to run on top of this new embedded Android system. That may be good, or it may be bad – time will tell on that front. Stay tuned for more information! (source: Google)
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