Google makes official Open Automotive Alliance that brings Android to autovehicles.
No, this isn’t another post about Google making robot cars. Instead, Google have created a new partnership to bring Android to the car, the last major location where the phone is not seamlessly connected.
OAA – Open Automotive Alliance:
The OAA (Open Automotive Allience) is a partnership between Android and car manufacturers to bring the Android OS to the last battleground of connectivity, says the Official Android Blog. Currently involved are Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia, in an effort to bring mobile connectivity to the car in a safe and sensible way.
We can already use our phones in the car, of course, but what the OAA is trying to do is make it as seemless as ordering music on your tablet and listening to it on your laptop is now. They want to see drivers use the apps they love safely and suitably using the in-car controls and on-dash displays. Imagine using Waze in a heads-up-display on the windscreen, rather than having to look at your phone’s screen, How about controlling your Play Music using the remote controls on your steering wheel?
Of course, much of this can be done already, through certain apps and hardware working together, often requiring modification to the car. If you then sell it on, there’s no guarantee the driver will be able to use it. For example, when I bought my most recent car, it came with a Parot Bluetooth console. It’s great for making calls, but if I want to dictate a text to the phone, i can’t, because the microphone is being routed through the Parrot, but not for texts. With a built-in Android system in the car, this would be less of a problem.
The OAA is also an opportunity for developers to develop their apps even more, allowing for better integration with the actual hardware their app is designed to be used for.
Google have opened the doors to other car manufacturers and companies to join the OAA. Rest assured we will keep you up to date with any further developments on this story, as it should be a massive step forward not only for Android, but for car use too.