The Open Automotive Alliance wants to integrate cars with Android
Six of the most powerful mobile companies have gathered in order to integrate vehicles with the Android platform by the end of this year
According to sources, a global alliance of technology and auto industry leaders committed to bringing the Android platform to cars starting in 2014 called the Open Automotive Alliance has been formed in hopes to integrate cars with Android devices. The members and founders of which are six very famous companies such as Google, GM, Audi, Honda, Hyundai and NVIDIA. They have announced this quietly via a press release and a post on their Android Google+ page.
Basically the broad goal of this alliance is that the automotive industry is what the Open Handset Alliance is for Android and all sorts of mobile devices. This particular mobile alliance turned 5 years on November 5th of last year and it includes big companies such as Google again, T-Mobile, HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung and others.
The Open Automotive Alliance suggests that 2014 can be the year, in which vehicles can be connected and intelligent, explaining that integrations between the devices and the cars should be seamless. The idea is not only to put Android into the car, but to create a common platform so that Android devices are able and know how to connect and interact with them.
According to the Open Automotive Alliance website, they claim that we will see the first cars with Android integration by the end of this year. Naturally each manufacturer will be moving in their own pace, but they hope that at least a few will be ready by that time.
They’ve decided to accelerate innovation in the car with an approach that offers openness, customization and scale. They believe that a common platform will help drive innovation and make technology in the car safer and more intuitive for everyone.
This open development model and common platform will allow automakers to more easily 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.
Source: Android Central