Shopping for a automotive in two years? It’d include Android in-built. No, not Android Auto, the interface that permits you to venture elements of your cellphone’s display on an in-dash show—that is already in lots of automobiles on the street right now.
As an alternative, Google needs automakers to put in the Android working system itself within the dashboard computer systems of future fashions, the place it may sooner or later ship textual content messages and possibly even management the fan pace in your luxurious sedan’s ventilated seats.
And it’s luxurious autos the place Android, like most new know-how within the automotive trade, will first seem. Volvo on Monday announced plans to launch it on new fashions inside two years (together with within the XC60, pictured above); Audi plans to do the identical.
The precise function set is not clear but, however Google steered in a blog post on Monday that Android will be capable of management the automotive’s air-con, sunroof, and home windows. Being Android, it can additionally be capable of carry out the driving-related duties you’ve got come to anticipate out of your cellphone, like trying up instructions, streaming a street journey playlist, or conversing with the Google Assistant.
The prospect of a automotive with Android powering its infotainment system sounds nice in principle, till you think about that a part of the explanation for the existence of Android Auto and its competitor Apple CarPlay is to get know-how into automobiles sooner than would in any other case be doable by counting on the auto trade’s torpid tech improve lifecycle.
With Android Auto, you possibly can improve your automotive’s in-dash tech just by shopping for a brand new cellphone, however with Android in-built, you’d doubtless should depend on the automaker for OS updates, and your mechanic for tech help. That is an unappealing proposition for individuals who at all times wish to have the newest software program.
Google plans to indicate off a preview of the Android automotive model at its I/O builders convention this week, so keep tuned to study extra about how the system will work.