News by Andrew Kameka on Monday January 06, 2014.
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Android has powered more than 1 billion smartphones and tablets since 2008, and Google today announced that it is partnering with some of the top car manufacturers to use Android as a way to connect smartphones and automobiles. Google has introduced the Open Automotive Alliance, a collection of automakers and contributing companies working to build a better connected car. Audi, General Motors, Honda, and Hyundai have already signed on, so that means several of their sub brands - Cadillac, Chevrolet, etc. - will also integrate with Android.
The OAA follows the Open Handset Alliance that spearheaded Android because it is based on the idea that the companies partner to create some standards but have the flexibility to make the products fit their needs. NVIDIA is on board to handle the chipset needs, and OAA members will work with developers to create Android apps that benefit drivers and limit distractions. The OAA website states:
"Drivers are already trying to access mobile services while they're on the road, but in ways that aren't always seamless or safe. By working with automakers to deliver these experiences in ways that make sense for the automobile, drivers can get what they're looking for without disrupting their focus on the road."
The first Android-connected cars are expected to launch by the end of 2014. The goal of the project is not just to make it easy to pair a phone to a car's entertainment system, but also to have some setups where the car can independently connect to the web and run some features directly.source: Open Auto Alliance
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.