Google announces Open Automotive Alliance with Audi, GM, others: pushing Android to cars


Google is pushing Android to cars. The search giant unveiled the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) at CES 2014 to make the connected cars of the future a reality.

Car giants Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and chip maker NVIDIA are first on board of this new "global alliance of technology and auto industry leaders committed to bringing the Android platform to cars starting in 2014." The OAA comes with one main task - to create a unified platform allowing for effortless integration of Android in the car. The alliance will also be tasked with developing the tools to allow developers to easily build Android apps for the connected car. The alliance hopes to get more car makers on board soon as well.

The OAA is already negotiating the use of the system in cars with the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Nonetheless, Google is not the first or the only partner of car makers in the effort to bring the connected car of the future. Apple has earlier unveiled its “iOS in the car” partnership with an impressively large list of car makers including Honda, Mercedes Benz, Nissan, Ferrari, Chevy, Infiniti, Kia, Hyundai, Volvo, Jaguar, and Acura, while others like Ford with its own Microsoft-based Sync system are working on different solutions. The Open Automotive Alliance, however, is still larger than initial rumors of a Google-Audi-only alliance.

The OAA expects to see the first Android smart connected cars arrive by the end of 2014, but there are no details on the exact make or model.


source: Open Automotive Alliance

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8 Comments

1. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

android in an oven, automobile, console, NASA satelite. What's next?

4. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

android SKYNET :)

7. JewBakaUCFG

Posts: 176; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Dude. Don't post stuff like that online. A rogue computer with a loose mobo might find it and become self aware, fulfilling the prophecy of human demise from autonomous machines.

3. Knicknevin

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

I still need the Android Toothbrush. Does anyone know where I can find one? It's supposed to be equipped with automatic social networking that can post to twitter, facebook, google+, and instagram simultaneously (features cannot be disabled).

5. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

whatever germans do it will become standard

6. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Until now we use to buy phones and PCs on the basis of OS....from now on we should choose home applainces and cars,almost every thing in the basis of OS...

8. JewBakaUCFG

Posts: 176; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Google glass windshield?

9. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Car manufactures won't give free OTA updates, it will be like new maps for the GPS, they come at a price. Now after 18 months your Nexus is no longer supported so you buy a new phone. Later your car is no longer supported, so you'll buy a new car.

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