It’s hard to imagine a life without Google. The billion dollar company rules everything from how we search for information to how we store data. Now, the tech giant has inked a deal with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance to embed the Android operating system in its vehicles.
The multi-year agreement will allow alliance cars to utilize the Android operating system to provide such key features as Maps and Assistant — the digital helper that can answer calls and texts, get information and give drivers key data about their vehicle. The automakers will be able to use Google’s multitude of apps and features to deliver top-notch infotainment offerings and cloud-based services to its millions of drivers. The partnership is slated to begin in 2021.
One Platform, Many Choices
While it will be built on the Android platform, it will not be a one-size-fits-all approach. Drivers will have the ability to customize interfaces and select their favorite specific features in addition to using what’s already offered for Android users. We’re talking thousands of apps already in existence and access to the newest ones popping up on a regular basis.
In a press release, the carmakers detailed their plans for what they are calling Alliance 2022, an initiative to essentially boost the connectivity of its vehicles. By focusing on next-generation technology, the company hopes to sell more than 14 million units a year by the end of 2022. It sold 10.6 million vehicles in 200 markets in 2017.
Good Tech, Good Deals
In the press release, Kal Mos, Global Vice President of Alliance Connected Vehicles at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, says the deal takes the alliance to a new level: "With the integration of the Android platform into our infotainment systems, we are adding a new level of intelligence to our connected vehicles. In the future, the Google Assistant, which employs Google’s leading AI technology, can become the main way customers interact with their vehicles, hands-free."
Hiroshi Lockheimer, Senior Vice President of Platforms & Ecosystems at Google, added that the tech company and the alliance have a kind of technological kinship: "Google and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi share a common vision of delivering an intelligent, safe and seamless in-car experience with apps and services that are familiar, upgradable and connected," he says.
One Connected Future
Devotees of Apple needn’t feel left out, either: The system will also work with devices running Apple iOS (phew!).
In addition to the Android deal, the automakers announced how Alliance 2022 includes the launching of 12 new zero-emission electric vehicles, cutting-edge autonomous-driving tech and the continual upgrades of its Alliance Intelligent Cloud.
When carmakers team up with the tech heavyweights, you can be sure a connected future is right around the corner.