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Google Announces Open Automotive Alliance, Wants to Bring Android to the Road

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Noticing that our lives lacked true connectivity with cars, Google today announced the Open Auto Alliance (OAA) with partners like Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia. In other words, they are bringing Android to the car. Can you imagine taking all of your Android life with you in the car, meaning you’d have access to your music, photos, Google searches, etc. with you at all times only with a “driving-optimized experience.” 

Goodbye, terrible in-car systems. Hello, real smart in-car systems.

Google had this to say about the possibilities:

Today, millions of people already bring Android phones and tablets into their cars, but it’s not yet a driving-optimized experience. Wouldn’t it be great if you could bring your favorite apps and music with you, and use them safely with your car’s built-in controls and in-dash display? Together with our OAA partners, we’re working to enable new forms of integration with Android devices, and adapting Android for the car to make driving safer, easier and more enjoyable for everyone. Putting Android in the car will bring drivers apps and services they already know and love, while enabling automakers to more easily deliver cutting-edge technology to their customers. And it will create new opportunities for developers to extend the variety and depth of the Android app ecosystem in new, exciting and safe ways.

Nothing else has been announced at this time, but Google did say to watch for updates coming later in 2014.

Via:  Android
  • master94

    I can’t believe they allow this but not Google glass in the car.

  • http://twitter.com/JohnnyACE562 GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    “Okay, Google. Drive me home.” {{-_-}}

  • trixnkix637

    What happens if your car gets stolen?

    • MikeKorby

      You use Android device Manager to locate it.

      Awesome

  • http://teslacentral.com/ Tim

    Tesla and Google need to work together on this. Tesla has a beautiful in-dash 17″ UI goodness.

  • jbdan

    I’m in. Awesome!

  • gpaine

    I’d love to be able to get into my car, dock my smartphone, and have an immediate android head unit. This has the potential to take out the bluetooth middle man system. That sounds good to me.

  • chris_johns

    ah yes…add just 90 bucks a month to your car payment for full android experience with constant data connection!…meh less they figure out how to do this without adding more on top of payments or another bill in the mail ill pass…but this is a long time coming and much needed my phones navigation is lightyears ahead of my bmw navigation

  • carl rainey

    So how does Google plan to handle the data use required to make apps like Google Maps work while in the car? Maybe Verizon will allow us to add our car to the Shared Data Plans

    • bydavidrosen

      that’s what I want to know. especially if you have T-Mobile and are driving through the desert from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. I have signal for maybe half of that drive at most haha.

  • IgotGAME

    Android in your car? Yea I’ve had that for almost a year now. The full blown android experience as well, not some cripple car manufacturer version.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tABi2DJg8g8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  • MichaelFranz

    Been waiting for this for some time. Wish they would partner with like a pioneer or someone who makes aftermarket radios. Incorporate google maps into the headunits and make them android based. but this is a good start. We will probably get nexus 7′s in cars and then other premiums will get nexus 10 sized devices :)

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Just picture this combined with android@home

  • rob

    Literally have been waiting for this to happen for the longest time…..thank the lord

  • Zach B.

    “Ok, Google Now, start my car.”

    • miri

      “OK Google, start my car.”
      Fix’d.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        no no no, don’t act like you know what’s in his pocket.

      • Zach B.

        Nope. Moto X/Droid lineup.

        • Justin W

          Would be nice to be able to do that. No hands starting my car as I’m eating or something.

    • TonguesWaggin

      All fun and games until a passenger says “Ok, Google Now, turn off car and play Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball”

    • T4rd

      process.carservice.com has stopped responding and needs to close > Wait or Close? =p

      • Zach B.

        Haha. Watch it cut the car off.

  • Nexus_FrEak

    I would like to see a unit that can be installed on any vehicle. Make it happen Google!

    • ummm

      You mean like a smart phone?

      • Abgar Musayelyan

        No, like a replacement for your car stereo.

  • Colton

    I’ve been looking for a good reason to trade the ol’ Camry in for an Audi

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Might be waiting a few years there

    • MistaButters

      “But Honey, this car has Android