Google to build an Android-based infotainment system directly into cars

Google to build an Android-based infotainment system directly into cars

Author: Paul Sawers / Source: VentureBeat Automotive giants Volvo and Audi are partnering with Google to develop an all-new Android-based

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Automotive giants Volvo and Audi are partnering with Google to develop an all-new Android-based infotainment system that’s built directly into cars.

Full details of the “close partnership” are to be announced later this week at Google I/O, the internet giant’s annual developer conference. But we do know that this tie-up is something separate from Google’s existing car-focused product, Android Auto, which over the past few years has gained growing support among car manufacturers — including Volvo and Audi.

While Volvo has revealed some specific details for its plans around integrating with Android, Audi has not — but Bloomberg has confirmed that Audi is on board for the development.

“We are making an important strategic step with the Google partnership,” announced Henrik Green, senior vice president for research and development at Volvo. “Google’s platform and services will enhance the user experience by enabling more personalization possibilities, while Android will offer increased flexibility from a development perspective.”

Android Auto, which was first announced at Google I/O back in 2014, made its debut on one of Hyundai’s cars in May 2015. When integrated into a car’s dashboard, it allows Android smartphone users to control certain functions, including GPS navigation, music, SMS composition, and internet searches. But Android Auto is really just a means to connect the smartphone to the car’s display — all the software runs on the phone itself.

Google has long been rumored to be…

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