Android Platform Coming for Autos

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 @ 05:01 PM gHale

The Android platform could soon be coming to a car near you.

Google is forming Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) and it invited Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia to join in the effort.

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With automobiles the ultimate mobile device, it only makes sense to have an operating system within the car. However, with Android a very popular system for attackers to hack into, how Google will go about ensuring a car will not fall victim to a cyber assault is still a bit murky.

“In this multi-screen world, switching between our different devices should be easy and seamless. Common platforms allow for one connected experience across our phone, tablet and PC, so we get the right information at the right time, no matter what device we’re using. But there’s still an important device that isn’t yet connected as seamlessly to the other screens in our lives – the car,” Google said.

Google said millions of people are already bringing their Android phones and tablets to the cars, but no automaker has optimized the experience. “Wouldn’t it be great if you could bring your favorite apps and music with you, and use them safely with your car’s built-on controls and in-dash display?” Patrick Brady, director for Android engineering, asked.

Alongside its partners, Google is working to enable new forms of integration with Android devices, but also to adapt Android for the car to make driving safer, easier and overall more enjoyable.

“Putting Android in the car will bring drivers apps and services they already know and love, while enabling automakers to more easily deliver cutting-edge technology to their customers. And it will create new opportunities for developers to extend the variety and depth of the Android app ecosystem in new, exciting and safe ways,” Brady said.

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