Google takes on the road, wants an Android in every car



Google wants to be a part of every waking moment of your life. It’s made as much evident with the announcement of a partnership designed to make sure some of your favourite Android apps are optimised for use in your car.

In an official blog post, Google today announced that it has teamed up with automotive and technology companies such as Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia to form the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA).

According to the internet giant, the body is a “global alliance aimed at accelerating auto innovation with an approach that offers openness, customization and scale”.

The main purpose of the partnership, it seems, is to make sure that you can use Android apps in your car without having to faff around with your smartphone or tablet (and putting others in danger at the same time).

“Putting Android in the car will bring drivers apps and services they already know and love, while enabling automakers to more easily deliver cutting-edge technology to their customers”, Android engineering director Patrick Brady.

While Google admits that it would ideally like all manufacturers to run Android as their default in-car OS (a space in which BlackBerry’s QNX is still one of the top dogs) it says that it’ll allow manufacturers to put their own spin on it.

The first cars running Android are expected to roll out by the end of 2014. We’ve just got one question: do you void your warranty if you root your car?



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