Shopping for a automotive in two years? It’d include Android inbuilt. No, not Android Auto, the interface that means that you can challenge elements of your telephone’s display on an in-dash show—that is already in lots of vehicles on the street as we speak.
As an alternative, Google desires automakers to put in the Android working system itself within the dashboard computer systems of future fashions, the place it might in the future ship textual content messages and perhaps even management the fan pace in your luxurious sedan’s ventilated seats.
And it’s luxurious automobiles the place Android, like most new know-how within the automotive business, 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 advised in a blog post on Monday that Android will be capable to management the automotive’s air-con, sunroof, and home windows. Being Android, it is going to additionally be capable to carry out the driving-related duties you’ve got come to anticipate out of your telephone, 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 idea, till you take into account that a part of the explanation for the existence of Android Auto and its competitor Apple CarPlay is to get know-how into vehicles sooner than would in any other case be doable by counting on the auto business’s torpid tech improve lifecycle.
With Android Auto, you’ll be able to improve your automotive’s in-dash tech just by shopping for a brand new telephone, however with Android inbuilt, you’d seemingly must 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.