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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