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First cars with Android embedded will land in late 2014

The Wall Street Journal reported late last year that Audi would be teaming up with Google for Android-based infotainment systems for cars. Today, the Open Auto Alliance (OAA) – whose initial members include Google, Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai, and NVIDIA -- has gone official at CES 2014 and has the goal of bringing the Android platform inside the car.
“The worlds of consumer and automotive technologies have never been more closely aligned, and this alliance will only pave the way for faster innovation,” said Ricky Hudi, Head of Electrics/Electronics Development at AUDI AG. “Working toward a common ecosystems benefits driver safety above all.”
The OAA says that the open development model and common platform will help automakers to bring out cutting edge technology to drivers and create new opportunities for developers to deliver powerful experiences to drivers and passengers.

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The OAA says that the timing for the roll out of technology resulting from the OAA will vary depending on the automaker. However, the OAA says that the first cars with Android integration will hit the market by the end of 2014.
“Millions of people are already familiar with Android and use it everyday,” said Sundar Pichai, SVP of Android, Chrome & Apps at Google. “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.”
Other technology and automotive companies have been invited to join the coalition, so expect to see the list of partners to grow over the coming months.

Source: Open Auto Alliance

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RE: Pathetic....that it took this long
By Rukkian on 1/6/2014 12:23:36 PM , Rating: 2
I just hope they allow you to use tethering from your cell phone, as I will not be paying for another $30+ per month for a device that is only useful while in my car.

Let me use my data plan I already pay for, maybe with the option for data if you want it. It also needs to have the ability to be upgraded simply (not requiring a trip to the dealer).

RE: Pathetic....that it took this long
By retrospooty on 1/6/2014 12:32:51 PM , Rating: 2
Its Android, so if they don't allow it, ROOT! ;)

RE: Pathetic....that it took this long
By cyberguyz on 1/6/2014 1:02:48 PM , Rating: 2

I wonder if I can root my Ford Focus's Sync
*eyes the Focus then shudders*

RE: Pathetic....that it took this long
By retrospooty on 1/6/2014 1:38:19 PM , Rating: 2
LOL... But seriously, you probably wouldn't need it anyhow. I would imagine it just has the full regional maps downloaded and update-able via Wifi anyhow. So when you are out and about you have it all without internet. When it hits Wifi, like at home in your garage or driveway, it downloads an update if it's available.

Seems alot cheaper and easier than dealing with the cars need for internet connectivity.

By Monkey's Uncle on 1/6/2014 3:16:12 PM , Rating: 2
True. Ford's solution is to send out maps on an SD card.

Having an update service that can download the maps off my wifi at home when I am parked would be way cool.

RE: Pathetic....that it took this long
By Rukkian on 1/6/2014 4:27:49 PM , Rating: 2
I am guessing that Google will want them connected as much as possible, so some sort of connectivity will probably be connected. Providers will want them connected to get more data being used, and up the monthly wireless bills.

By retrospooty on 1/7/2014 7:27:38 AM , Rating: 2
Sure Google and carriers will want it, but people wont want to pay an additional monthly fee for in car internet that is likely used for very little and its nothing everyone smartphone doesnt already do for free... Unless they have some sponsored or really cheap options.

By Rukkian on 1/6/2014 4:29:08 PM , Rating: 2
That works fine for (some) phones, but I am sure the car interface will be looked down tight. They don't want people messing things up, that may look bad on them, or require service.

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