Home » Google makes huge in-roads into auto infotainment
Google released an upgraded version of Android Auto this year with new features in the smartphone-derived infotainment system, including better usability and customizability. A user interface that’s nearly as easy to use, not to mention updatable, as with smartphones is a huge draw for vehicle occupants that have long been frustrated with status quo infotainment systems. That user desirability is resulting in huge success for tech companies with slick operating and systems and virtual assistants, with Google’s Android ecosystem adoption expected to be a major force in the next three- to five-year model turn. Recent design wins for Google include Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, FCA, Volvo/Polestar, and General Motors (shown) more recently. In September, GM announced plans to introduce some new Google-based in-vehicle technology designed to enhance the overall customer experience and make it easier for customers to bring their digital lives into future connected vehicles. The company will work to bring new options for a voice assistant, embedded navigation, and in-vehicle applications to compatible Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles in regions around the world beginning in 2021. GM says that the integration of select Google technology and services into its vehicle infotainment systems will foster a more connected and efficient driving experience. In one of the most near-term and extensive Google implementations, Polestar says its new EV, hitting into production in early 2020, will go even further, being the first in the world to embed Android for infotainment. The Polestar 2’s backbone provides the digital environment for apps and vehicle functions to coexist, and brings embedded services including Google Maps with support for EV ownership, Google Assistant with fast-learning natural voice control, and the Google apps from the Play Store.
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