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Android on the go: Google and Audi partnering for in-car infotainment system

News by Andrew Kameka on Monday December 30, 2013.

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Google and Audi AG will soon announce a new in-car information and entertainment system (infotainment) that is based on the Android operating system, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. The two companies are expected to reveal their partnership and collaboration with several companies, including NVIDIA, to make the systems able to handle music, navigation, and other apps using Android.

In-car infotainment systems are increasingly designed to communicate with smartphones, such as the MirrorLink standard that makes it possible for the smartphone to route calls and text messages or play music stored on the phone through the car's audio system. However, this would mark the first time that Android has been used as the basis for the car system rather than an accessory.

No information is currently available about how exactly the system will function, but Google and Audi are expected to reveal more at the CES trade show in Las Vegas beginning next week. Other car manufacturers are likely to participate, but it won't be a universal feature because several car makers - including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, GM, and Honda - have already signed-on to support Apple's in-car ecosystem.

source: Wall Street Journal

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