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.