Google partners with 4 manufacturers to launch connected cars in 2014

by bold-lichterman

While it has already won its bet in mobile, Google today announced it is partnering with Audi, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai and graphics card supplier NVIDIA to extend its Android operating system to cars. .

Gathered under the name of the Open Automotive Alliance, the coalition wishes to set up “a common platform which will stimulate innovation and make technology in the car safer and more intuitive for everyone”, it is specified. “We see huge opportunities in an Android platform paired with OnStar 4G LTE Connectivity in future vehicles from Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac,” said Mary Chan, president of General Motors.

Telephony, GPS… mobile uses are already common among motorists but are sometimes carried out to the detriment of safety. The six companies will therefore set about developing better integration in order to continue these uses, but in a secure manner. The OAA also specifies that it is working with government agencies on establishing future safety standards, in particular so as not to distract drivers from the road.

The first models should see the day at the end of the year. “The car is the ultimate laptop. With supercomputing chips on board, the futuristic cars of our dreams will not be science fiction for long, ”said Jen-Hsun Huang, president of NVIDIA.

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