Google is so much more than search as we all know.
Google has now teamed up with Audi, General Motors, Hyundai, Honda and chipmaker NVIDIA to form the Open Automotive Alliance, a global alliance of technology and auto industry leaders committed to bringing the Android platform to cars.
The exact timing for Android-equipped cars will depend on individual automakers, but the first ones will be available already this year.
This is big news and probably not good news for Apple as Honda, GM and Hyundai currently use Siri Eyes Free program and with a new deal involving Google the relationship with Apple is very likely to end.
Android platform 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 in a safe and scalable way.
“Millions of people are already familiar with Android and use it everyday,” said Sundar Pichai, SVP of Android, Chrome & Apps at Google. “The expansion of the Android platform into automotive will allow our industry partners to more easily integrate mobile technology into cars and offer drivers a familiar, seamless experience so they can focus on the road.”
“The car is the ultimate mobile computer. With onboard supercomputing chips, futuristic cars of our dreams will no longer be science fiction,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer, NVIDIA. “The OAA will enable the car industry to bring these amazing cars to market faster.”
If you are a heavy Apple user and your next car comes with Android you might find yourself switching to Android powered smart phone as well…