Google aims to bring Android to cars

January 7, 2014 12:00 AM

Google may not be the first company that comes to mind when you think of the auto industry, but that isn't stopping the tech giant from stepping into the field. It has joined efforts with major manufacturers Audi, General Motors, Hyundai and Honda to form a partnership that will eventually bring Android platforms to vehicles from those brands.

Known as the Open Automotive Alliance, the effort will attempt to install the Android operating system on automobiles, which in turn will make it easier for drivers to utilize Android-based mobile phones, tablets and other devices. Tasks such as selecting music, finding driving directions and controlling the infotainment system would be easier, and drivers could sync up multiple electronic devices with their cars. 

"Millions of people are already familiar with Android and use it everyday," said Sundar Pichai, the senior vice president of Android, Chrome and 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." 

Of course, the implementation of this technology may come with growing pains. Dealing with state-of-the-art technology can get complicated, especially if there is a problem and you need car repair. Professionals at an auto repair franchise will need time to familiarize themselves with the ins and outs of the system before quick repairs can be made. 

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