Android is the powerful operating system developed by technology giant Google initially for touchscreen mobile devices. Well, Google has now joined hands with carmakers Audi, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai and visual computing expert Nvidia to create an industry alliance that will marry the popular computing platform to "a device that's always been mobile: the car."
The Open Automotive Alliance is supposedly committed to bringing the Android platform to its members' vehicles using an open-development model and a common platform that will allow the carmakers to bring cutting-edge technology to their drivers, and "create new opportunities for developers to deliver powerful experiences for drivers and passengers in a safe and scalable way."
"Millions of people are already familiar with Android and use it every day," said Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps. "The expansion of the Android platform into automotive will allow our industry partners to more easily integrate mobile technology into cars and offer drivers a familiar, seamless experience so they can focus on the road."
According to the coalition, although the timing for each carmaker will vary, it expects to see the first cars with Android integration "by the end of this year."
If we may note, Google seems to have picked strategic automotive partners for this project: one American (GM), one German (Audi), one Japanese (Honda) and one Korean (Hyundai). The tech company certainly knows what it's doing.