Google to build an Android-based infotainment system directly into cars

Volvo Cars Partners With Google to Build Android Into Next Generation Connected Cars
Volvo and Audi turn to Android for next-gen connected cars
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15 May, 2017

Google has partnered with Volvo to build a next-generation infotainment system into future vehicles as part of a push to corner the rapidly growing connected auto market and take on Apple CarPlay.

Google said it will demonstrate the software and provide more information on Android for cars during the Google I/O developer conference, which begins on Wednesday. But we do know that this tie-up is something separate to Google's existing car-focused product, Android Auto, which has gained growing support among vehicle manufacturers over the past couple of years - including with Volvo and Audi.

While Volvo has revealed some specific details for its plans around integrating with Android, Audi has not - but Bloomberg has confirmed that Audi is on board for the development too.

But users can switch the default to Google Maps, which is a significant sign that automakers are realizing the better strategy is to partner when it comes to in-car infotainment and cockpit control UX.

Infotainment and connectivity in cars is now as important to many as style and performance, and auto makers are getting better at delivering good systems with able Apps and better and better integration with Smartphones. When integrated into a car's dashboard, it allows Android smartphone users to control certain functions, including Global Positioning System navigation, music, SMS composition, and internet searches. According to the Swedish vehicle company, the Android solutions will be made available in Volvo models within the next two years.

Volvo has said that the Android-based infotainment system will arrive in its cars within two years. And with Android now the OS of choice for 80% of all new Smartphones, it's a shrewd move by Volvo.

A look at Google's new Android-based operating system for future Volvo vehicles. Apple now has an edge of Android Auto by integrating Siri into its in-vehicle system.

For Volvo and Audi, the advantage is more about meeting customers where they are - the dominant interface of any average person's life is still going to be their smartphone for the foreseeable future.


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