Apple has started their own iOS car dashboard system and it looks like their megaton open source rival will join in the pursuit of enhancing experiences in cars, with a report stating Google has partnered with Audi to add the first dashboard system, based on Android.
We knew it wouldn’t be long before Android stepped into the car scene, already Google is working on self-driving cars and it looks like this will be one small step into integrating the technology into a car, capable of powering it in the near future.
Android has already got backing from Audi, but this is not the first car company to pledge support to Android’s efforts in its expansion. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said they would be looking to add Android emulation and Google Chrome into their Tesla S model cars.
Google will use MiraCast to put Android into the in-car dashboard and we believe this will be a stock version of Android, unless Audi and partners want to do the same as OEM partners and skin their in-car dashboard to look different from competitors.
This would be a new way to offer options on the look and feel of the system, unlike iOS which is all controlled by Apple, Google is more open with Android and allows manufacturers to change the look and add additional features and functionality to the system.
We are going to see our first look at the Android in-car dashboard at CES in January, next month. This is an exciting time, but it is just the start of technology companies starting to integrate with car manufacturers and we already know Google has more plans in the stream.
The question is can Google really pull off the same dominance in cars as they have had on mobiles – surely since Apple makes deals with car manufacturers, it would be much cheaper to add Android into the dashboard and would allow manufacturers more flexibility when it comes to the user experience, tailoring it to certain cars.