Google Developing In-Car Version of Android

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Google Developing In-Car Version of Android

Dec 22, 2014 9:14 AM, Doug Irwin, CPBE AMD DRB

MOUNTAINVIEW, CALIF.�Google is designing a new version of its Android operating system that would be built-in directly to new vehicles, reports Reuters.com.

This type of integration will ensure that drivers will use Google every time they turn on the ignition, according to the article. �If successful, Android would become the standard system powering a car's entertainment and navigation features, solidifying Google's position in a new market where it is competing with arch-rival Apple. Google could also potentially access the valuable trove of data collected by a vehicle.�

Sources for the article also said �Android would need major improvements in performance and stability for carmakers to adopt it. In particular, Android Auto would need to power-up instantly when the driver turns the car on, instead of having to wait more than 30 seconds, as happens with many smartphones. Automakers might also be wary of giving Google access to in-car components that could raise safety and liability concerns, and be reluctant to give Google such a prime spot in their vehicles.�

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