Google teams up with major auto makers to bring Android apps to your car

The battle to control your car’s smart functions has begun – and Google has teamed up with some big car companies in an attempt to make Android the go-to platform for in-car apps.

Today, the company announced that it has formed the Open Automotive Alliance with General Motors, Honda, Audi, Hyundai and Nvidia. The group will work together to promote a common, purpose-built, Android-based platform for in-car entertainment, and says the first cars equipped with it will be on sale by the end of 2014.

The OAA’s press release is light on specifics about the platform itself, but says it wants to make in-car technology “safer and more intuitive for everyone”, and that the modified version of Android “will allow automakers to more easily bring cutting-edge technology to their drivers, and create new opportunities for developers to deliver powerful experiences for drivers and passengers”.

The OAA also says that it’s keen to recruit more car manufacturers and technology companies to its cause.

Google’s announcement comes after Apple has already begun integrating Siri into cars, while Ford’s Microsoft-designed Sync app system is available in several of the auto giant’s models.

By Sam Kieldsen

[Via Open Automotive Alliance]

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Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.