Imagine the day when you could get into the driver’s seat of your car and access your smartphone directly from the infotainment system on your dashboard.
No, that day isn’t years or a decade away. Thanks to a partnership known as the Open Automotive Alliance, the Android operating system could be fully accessible in your car as early as the end of 2014.
Google is partnering with Hyundai, Honda, Audi and GM to make the Android platform easily accessible while you drive. Rather than only having compatibility with certain functions and apps, this would allow for seamless integration between your smartphone and your vehicle’s infotainment and technology system.
Here’s what Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Google’s Android, Chrome and Apps, had to say about the initiative:
“The expansion of the Android platform into automotive will allow our industry partners to more easily integrate mobile technology into cars and offer drivers a familiar, seamless experience so they can focus on the road.”
This news comes on the heels of Apple’s new platform iOS in the Car, which is making its debut this year in the 2014 Honda Civic.