Audi and Volvo to use Android OS in upcoming cars.
Recently, Google announced that it has entered partnerships with automotive makers Audi and Volvo. The car makers also announced that all their future cars will be installed with Google’s Android OS for automobiles.
Specifically, the car makers will be building new branded infotainment systems using the Android 7.0 Nougat system (which, hopefully, can be updated to future Android OS via OTA updates). This means that manufacturer-tweaked versions of Google’s OS will power the cars’ main touchscreen displays, as well as the digital dashboards behind the steering wheel. In addition, Audi and Volvo will also be adding new services like Google Assistant to the apps and integrations that are already available on Android Auto.
This also means that, according to online news portal The Verge, the Android OS will now be given complete control over a car’s basic functions, such as heating and cooling, seat position, and even the opening and closing of the windows.
Audi has apparently begun showing off its version of the newly-implemented Android OS in its Q8 Sport concept SUV, whereas Volvo will only be able to demonstrate a fully-functioning concept of its new Android OS-powered car within the next two years.
At the time of writing, Google said that this automotive version of Android would still be open source, and that it would also not necessarily lock out Apple’s CarPlay, even if it were running on the Android Auto app.