Google teams up with car makers to bring Android to the dashboard

Google teams up with car makers to bring Android to the dashboard

Summary: Google is partnering with Audi, GM, Honda and Hyundai to integrate the Android OS with their cars.


Google has teamed up with major car manufacturers to bring the Android mobile operating system to vehicles.

Car makers Audi, GM, Honda and Hyundai, as well as graphics processor company Nvidia, have partnered with Google to form the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA).

Google will work with car manufacturers to "enable new forms of integration with Android devices", and on "adapting Android for the car to make driving safer, easier and more enjoyable" Patrick Brady, director of Android engineering, wrote in a blog post on Monday.

"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-in controls and in-dash display?" Brady said.

Hyundai and Honda already belong to Apple's iOS in the Car fellowship and Hyundai and Kia are working with Google on Android-based navigation systems.

The web standards body W3C is also looking at how to create specifications for web APIs that would provide access to the raft of data collected by electronic systems inside modern cars.

The OAA has pledged that the first cars to use the Android platform will hit the road in 2014.

Topics: Mobile OS, Hardware, Mobility


Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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  • Yum...

    I'd love to have an in-dash entertainment system with Pandora and Google maps that uses my cellphone tethering data plan for live updates. Not so interested if the unit has its own 3G receiver and requires a separate monthly data plan (unless it's super cheap... say $2.99 a month).
    • It'd depend on where you live.

      Here in the States?

      The carriers will cry foul and charge a kidney.


    • Oh Great

      Now even your car is going to require Google Plus! No thanks.
      • Connect to all your friends! NOT

        Yea, connect to all my friends who use Google. Which I think might be one and that person never uses Google +. Google has become as annoying as Apple when it comes to pushing their ecosystem agenda.
      • Better than having a windows system crash...

        and suffocate with doors and windows unusable...
        • Nope

          Now you will hear spamvertisements from Courtesy Google, once your car starts and system get crashed.
          Ram U
    • Fer sure!

      Anything should be better that what ON Star has in the system!
  • And if you're lost..

    - the NSA will still know where you are.

  • Car tech gets dated fast

    I would rather have car tech remain a more friendly tech to updates and features and apps. Then have a Google or Apple or even Microsoft decide for me what they are. I like the ideal of integrating smart phones to your car, and the benefit is that the phone then becomes the real provider of the features and apps. That way updates are much easier to do. Some of this car tech will quickly show its age and car makers and partners will quickly stop supporting it. Not to mention the expense after warranty has expired.
    • Good idea

      Take it further. How about some standards for all in-car electronics? Right down to wiring harnesses and standard digital/audio component mounting racks and face panels.

      Bought a used car with outdated nav? Buy a current 3rd party unit and swap it in. No nav? Rearrange your rack, possibly replacing old bulky items (radio, CD changer, equalizer) with newer compact ones to gain the vertical rack space required. Sounds like a dream.
  • Friggen wonderful...NOT!

    Great. As if people aren't distracted enough with using cell phones in their they can screw around on the Internet while driving?


    And FYI kids...T-Mobile charges $30.00 PER MONTH for the connection to "Audi Connect", if you go on a month-to-month plan, or pay $450.00 up front, for a 24 month plan (works out to $15.00 per month if you include the first 6-month free access, for 30 months total).

    And can not use your cell phone's data plan with the car...ONLY the T-Mobile system can be used, with a separate T-Mobile SIM Card (account), which plugs into the car.
  • Thanks, but no thanks...

    ""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-in controls and in-dash display?" Brady said"

    No, it would not be great, and in fact, my guess is that lawmakers will get involved to block such a thing since it is simply another distraction while the idiots on the road are playing Candy Crush, while driving. The Automotive systems SHOULD be closed as to prevent them from being hacked, or doing damage to your car.

    I can already take my music with me (Bluetooth from my phone to my car), and for anything else, I have Sirrius, so this is just really bad idea...