General Motors and Harman working on Android-powered car infotainment system

General Motors and Harman working on Android-powered car infotainment system
General Motors might be planning an Android-powered car infotainment system. There seems to be quite the weight to this rumor, as it is reported that Harman International is behind the development on a $900 million contract signed in GM. The end product is expected to arrive in production cars in late 2016, which means GM and Harman could even catch up with LG's design-free P-OLED displays. Now that would make for a rad car computer, no? 

Anyway, a major advantage of the upcoming system is its ability to function on a standalone principle without having to pair a smartphone - altough this option is applicable, too. Thus, all the information fed to driver is native to the car, and not processed by an app. The upcoming GM system will allow drivers to control their smartphone with dashboard buttons, touchscreens, and voice controls. Additionally, the operating system will be one and the same between different models, and it will boot up as soon as the car is started. Does this sound like true Android for vehicles, or what? 

So, come 2016, the GM and Harman-made system will become the infotainment standard on select GM cars, while Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are still available to users should they want to have them on-board.

via Digital Trends

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18 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Not interested. Anything from GM is utter BS rubbish trash plastic stuff :)

2. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

I won't call Cadillacs plastic...

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Still highly inferior to Japanese and German rivals in terms of overall engineering, design and reliability. And many Cadillacs use very cheap feeling flimsy plastic on the inside. Ok others might use plastic as well, but better quality.

8. Andrew5190

Posts: 55; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

The opinions of a 16 year old are highly irrelevant when it comes to cars. I was there once; speak about something you know though. I've been in many Caddys that scream luxury. Meanwhile, every Civic I've been in screams "I'm an $18k or less car and I show it". And don't get me started on the Germans; they're higher maintenance than a supermodel.

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Owww nice one! :D Here let's have a high five! Dude... Compare Civic to a cheap chevy or Ford and not a Cadillac XD. Cadillac is a competitor to Lexus, Infiniti, MB, BMW, Audi. And man it doesn't stand a chance. What does me being 16 matter? I might not have as much experience in life as you but it's a different thing we're taking about cars here. And BTW that Civic is a fantastic car. I agre that the NA version is not as good but the European and Japanese one is freaking quality and super modern and yeah :)

13. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Mr. Simons, Anything from Japan is quality and the best of its class in your eyes. Sincerely, Your Profile Stalker

17. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

:):):):):) So true :) But it's kinda true. Ok everything japanese might not be the best in anyways, but at least they're usually very high quality.

15. TechNeck

Posts: 656; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Where exactly does it use plastic?

4. JetskiMark

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 03, 2014

I am going to wait until it's rooted.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Camaro Nexus convertible anyone? I'd drive that. lol

9. Andrew5190

Posts: 55; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Nexus LS7? haha

6. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Meanwhile The Verge article "I used Apple's AirDrop to troll strangers with photos of space sloths"

7. CellPhonesExpert

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 10, 2014

Luxury automobiles will go for the Apple integration. GM type crap cars will choose android. All about targeting your audience

10. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

You couldn't be more wrong. http://www.android.com/auto/ Unless you call Bentley, Maserati or Audi crap type of cars... You're just mislead by the Apple, don't feel bad for that.

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Lol have you seen the list of brands that will support Apple's Carplay? Almost the same list that support Android Car

16. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I drive a GM, and I'm way less of a c**t than you...

12. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Thank goodness GM didn't go with Sync/Windows like Ford did. Microsoft/Ford make what is perhaps the biggest POS "infotainment" system in the history of automobiles.

18. Diablo2424

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

Interesting... I so wish I could work for some of these companies and these types of integration. I currently have a Galaxy Tab 2 fully embedded into my car's dashboard, and it IS my in-car infotainment system, no accompanying headunit with it. I love it. This definitely is the future.

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