Google is founding a new organisation in order to bring its Android mobile
operating system into cars.
The Open Automotive Alliance will
be led by Google and has already signed up big names from the car industry, including Audi, General
Motors, Honda and Hyundai, as well as graphics card leader Nvidia,
to speed up the use of mobile technology on the roads.
Patrick Brady, director of Android engineering at Google, revealed the group’s
formation on the company’s blog,
claiming whilst other devices were becoming more entwined with another, making it simpler to move
from screen to screen, the car had been left out of the ecosystem.
“Today, millions of people already bring Android phones and tablets into their cars,
but it’s not yet a driving-optimised experience,” he wrote. “Wouldn’t it be great if you could
bring your favorite apps
and music with you, and use them safely with your car’s built-in controls and in-dash display?”
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“Together with our OAA partners, we’re working to enable new forms of integration with
Android devices, and adapting Android for the car to make driving safer, easier and more enjoyabl