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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 Jeffk464 on 1/6/2014 12:53:59 PM , Rating: 2
Why have an aftermarket car specific device

Basically, I bought a new head unit that connects to my phone via bluetooth so I pretty much have all these features. Its just not as slick as having a screen built into your dash, maybe if I had a flush mount dock for my phone.

RE: Pathetic....that it took this long
By Jeffk464 on 1/6/2014 12:56:37 PM , Rating: 2
Hey there's a business, make flush dash mounts for common phones that match common car models.

By retrospooty on 1/6/2014 1:41:29 PM , Rating: 2
I saw a mod kit where you could mount your NExus 7 into a Civic, but I think that and ones like it were all "one offs". It would be great if there were products for most common cars and phones. Even if it wasn't built in, it would be great if were at least conveniently mountable without blocking anything vital.

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