Google teams up with auto-makers to bring Android to cars

Google has recently teamed up with several auto manufacturers (Audi, General Motors (GM), Honda, Hyundai) and  processor chip company Nvidia with the goal of bringing Android to cars by the end of this year. Google and its partners have launched Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), which wants to accelerate auto innovation with an approach that offers openness, customization and scale, the companies said in a news release.

”Putting Android in the car will bring drivers apps and services they already know and love, while enabling automakers to more easily deliver cutting-edge technology to their customers. And it will create new opportunities for developers to extend the variety and depth of the Android app ecosystem,” Patrick Brady, director of Android engineering said. The alliance is also developing new Android platform features that will enable the car to become a connected Android device, they said, adding that more details about that will follow soon.

Hyundai has also announced recently that it is developing a Google Glass app for drivers to be able to control basic functions of their car straight from their headset.  Owners of both Glass and a 2015 Genesis will be able to use the headset to find their vehicle, automatically start it, send addresses to its navigation system, and lock and unlock its doors.

Hyundai 2015 Genesis to feature Google Glass app