Volvo Cars partners with Google to build Android into next generation connected cars.
The partnership will give its customers access to a wide array of apps and services, including Android apps developed by Google, Volvo and third parties.
Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars announced Monday an agreement with Internet giant Google to install the Android operating system on its cars from 2019.
The new in-car infotainment system will allow users to install apps from the Android App Store, Volvo said, which it hopes will let the driving denizens access "connected and predictive services in and around the auto". While embracing Android's "rich ecosystem", Volvo plans to keep its own user interface, Henrik Green, SVP of Research & Development at Volvo Car Group, said in a statement. But Android Auto is really just a means to connect the smartphone to the car's display - all the software runs on the phone itself.
But Volvo owners won't have to wait a full two years to get a Volvo with a Google input, as their cars will soon be updated with Google Local Search to make finding local stuff so much easier when you're out and about.
That's problematic for auto companies that are investing heavily in the data-generating entertainment systems.
Bloomberg reported that the Android infotainment system will support touchscreen functions and be bundled with Google Maps and Spotify, among others. So if a potential auto buyer leans more toward the iOS way of doing things, they may be deterred from investing in a vehicle that has Android built into the core.
Your next vehicle could come with Android Auto and Google Assistant pre-installed.
In the near future, having Android in the auto will mean more than carrying your phone in your pocket while going for a drive.
Volvo Cars' partnership with Google reflects the ongoing convergence between the automotive and technology industries as cars become increasingly connected.