Car integrated with the Android operating system should appear before the end of the year

Google to bring Android to the open road

Google has announced plans to bring Android to cars with the launch of a new alliance with a host of automotive firms.

The technology giant will team up with car manufacturers Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai to form the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), which will aim to marry the worlds of mobile technology and driving by introducing Google’s Android operating system to cars from 2014 – allowing users to access apps and services from a synced mobile device via their vehicle’s dashboard.

The alliance will remain committed to the open development model that has made Android such a success in the mobile world while creating a common platform for app developers to take advantage of.

“Today, millions of people already bring Android phones and tablets into their cars, but it’s not yet a driving-optimized experience. 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?” said Patrick Brady, director of Android Engineering, in a blog post.

“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 enjoyable for everyone.”

The OAA says they are working on new Android platform features that would enable the car itself to become an Android connected device, and the first cars with Android integration can be expected by the end of the year.

Chip manufacturer Nvidia is the final founding member of the alliance and will help Google to embed Android into cars using its newly released Tegra K1 processor.

“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.”

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