Android at the Wheel: Google Aims for One Vehicle Ecosystem

Android at the Wheel: Google Aims for One Vehicle Ecosystem

By Peter Suciu

May 20, 2017 10:33 AM PT

Google showcased the next phase of its automotive strategy at its I/O conference earlier this week, and announced partnerships with Volvo and Audi, which unveiled concept vehicles running its new automotive operating system.

Embedded Android for Automotive is an entirely new system rather than an update to the Android Auto that Google launched three years ago.

Both Volvo and Audi announced plans to support Embedded Android for Automotive in their next generations of cars. It will allow drivers to utilize Google Maps, listen to Google partner entertainment channels, and ask Google Assistant for help — even without an Android handset present in the vehicle.

“Google’s platform and services will enhance the user experience by enabling more personalization possibilities, while Android will offer increased flexibility from a development perspective,” said Henrik Green, senior vice president for research and development at Volvo Car Group.

At I/O, Google gave developers further details on the system’s capabilities, and how apps can best make use of it.

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