Google partners with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi to bring Android to cars

Google partners with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi to bring Android to cars
The world's biggest auto group has partnered up with Google to bring Android to cars. Starting in 2021, cars made by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance will come with Android-powered infotainment systems.

Until now, carmakers have largely chosen operating systems that are more limited in functionality, but more easily controlled by the manufacturer. The new deal sets a precedent that could change this in the future.

“Major carmakers earlier were reluctant to do business with Google, but this has now changed,” said Jauke de Jong, a research analyst at AFS Group in Amsterdam. “More carmakers could follow suit and partner with Google.”

Some smaller car makers, such as Volvo, offer Android Auto in their vehicles, but Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is the biggest auto group in the world, with a combined sales of 10.6 million vehicles for 2017.

“In the future, the Google Assistant, which employs Google’s leading AI technology, can become the main way customers interact with their vehicles, hands-free,” Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi’s Global VP of connected vehicles Kal Mos said in a statement.

These new Android-powered infotainment systems will offer apps through the Play Store, navigation through Google Maps, and voice commands via Google Assistant.

source: WSJ via The Verge

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5 Comments

1. OneLove123

Posts: 744; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I like that.

2. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

The only big car maker left out is Toyota. They better wake up and embrace Android Auto.

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2248; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Toyota isn’t going to embrace Android Auto until Google addresses the privacy and security concerns brought up by Toyota. The reason Toyota took so long to embrace Apple CarPlay was because of the data tracking that is being done and the information the phones are able to obtain from the vehicle. Toyota doesn’t want their data obtained by Google and Apple.

4. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

It was information in regards to the vehicle itself. Like speeds, RPM, engine information if available. Which, btw if you plug in any cans device, then it can get that information anyway. Toyota could easily add an option for the owners to opt in or out of that information. What kills me is most smartphones can already track whether you are in a vehicle or not. They can even track how fast you are moving, when you have stopped at lights, and more with the help of the GPS embedded in your smartphones. So getting some information about the car itself seems trivial. But like I said Toyota could easily solve that by limiting some information that goes to the infotainment systems via cans. The opt in or out option would solve that for not only Toyota, but all car OEMs. In the long run I can see this is only going to hurt Toyota.

5. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2248; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Toyota isn’t concerned about GPS data, but the data as it relates to what basically amounts to an OBD-II device. And they have a right to be concerned considering that Google, unlike Apple, makes money by selling data collected to third parties. Imagine a rival car company now has access to a treasure trove of real customer data using your competitors cars. That’s valuable information for any company.

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