Future Audi and Volvo car models to run on Android
by Simon K. / May 16, 2017, 10:01 AM
What a smart world we get to live in nowadays, huh, guys? Clever gadgets have made their way to almost any aspect of our lives, and it seems like one of the hot trends as we move forward will be in-car assistant technology.
A recent post on Google’s blog reveals that Volvo and Audi will feature Android in their next generations of vehicles – like the Audis couldn’t get any cooler? As we know, Google has offered an in-car assistant, in the form of its Android Auto platform that has now been integrated into more than 300 car models, since 2015.
The blog statement is very limited with regards to whether and what features will be carried over from Android Auto into Audi and Volvo’s future models, but it does make a mention of controlling air-con, sunroofs, using Google Maps, etc.
Three days short of a year ago, we showed you a demonstration of Android running inside a Maserati, which was anything short of ultra cool. We would guess that Google has built on the looks and features since then, and will shock Audi and Volvo buyers with superb, all-round in-car controls.
The push on in-car assistant technology is a real one, guys. We are now in the know that Amazon’s Alexa AI will be making its way into Volkswagen and Ford vehicles, bringing the assistant out of the home segment. We also know that Apple’s ‘Project Titan’ has been in the making, with some speculating that it may deliver ‘more than a car’, so we can’t know what to expect there, at all.
For the time being, though, we are excited to find out some detail about Google’s Audi and Volvo affair, and what the possible next generation of Android Auto might look like - the sunroof ordeal sounds fun. Thankfully, we shall not wait for too long, as a preview of the cars’ systems will be offered at Google I/O this Friday, May 17th.
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Wait a minute...they'll run on full Android, instead of Android Auto? Doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose of Android Auto in the first place, which is to make driving safer for people so they aren't looking at their smartphones?
posted on May 16, 2017, 10:04 AM 0
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Not really, full android with a special UI of course. Full android will help to not be attached to the phone and the car itself can control a lot of the functions just using a single system. It would be like Teslas, where you can configure the whole car just using a single system. Basically, android will replace the whole infotainment and car config system.
posted on May 16, 2017, 10:41 AM 2
Running a full version of Android just means it doesn't need a smartphone to present the GUI and handle all the tasks. Still can mean the GUI itself will be either Android Auto based or just Volvo's or Audi's own skin to control certain parts of the car that Android Auto can't.
posted on May 16, 2017, 10:56 AM 2
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Does this mean I don't have to use gas anymore? (just a joke)
posted on May 16, 2017, 11:36 AM 1
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Yes, this would be partially true for Audi's E-Tron models. For all others you use air (depressing the air pedal opens air intake valves, which causes a more violent explosion and increases fuel consumption in the combustion chambers). Personally speaking - you will have less gas with a proper diet, though sometimes it might come in handy as a deterrent...
posted on May 16, 2017, 12:31 PM 1
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What would Isheeple have to say about this? That they'll stick with their Toyotas until Apple builts it's car? which it will be in 2070 or until Android has it's system full grown so that they can copy it LOL
posted on May 16, 2017, 2:57 PM 2
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I disagree, for one BMW has always favoured apple, fiat also favours apple but only after windows phone and lastly android. Please, do your research before speaking out of your ass, no am not an apple fan but can't stand people like you spreading nonsense
posted on May 16, 2017, 4:36 PM 0
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Will be interesting to see with all joking aside coming from android haters (mxyz, etc), but honestly for car service, much like with televisions and others, I think tizen would have been a better option ( there isn't anything basic tizen can't do that android can).
posted on May 16, 2017, 4:32 PM 0
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