Shopping for a automobile in two years? It’d include Android inbuilt. No, not Android Auto, the interface that means that you can venture components of your cellphone’s display screen on an in-dash show—that is already in lots of automobiles on the street at the moment.
As a substitute, Google desires automakers to put in the Android working system itself within the dashboard computer systems of future fashions, the place it may in the future 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 expertise within the automobile 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 characteristic set is not clear but, however Google urged in a blog post on Monday that Android will be capable to management the automobile’s air-con, sunroof, and home windows. Being Android, it should additionally be capable to carry out the driving-related duties you have come to anticipate out of your cellphone, like wanting up instructions, streaming a street journey playlist, or conversing with the Google Assistant.
The prospect of a automobile with Android powering its infotainment system sounds nice in principle, till you think about that a part of the rationale for the existence of Android Auto and its competitor Apple CarPlay is to get expertise into automobiles quicker than would in any other case be potential by counting on the auto trade’s torpid tech improve lifecycle.
With Android Auto, you may improve your automobile’s in-dash tech just by shopping for a brand new cellphone, however with Android inbuilt, you’d seemingly must depend on the automaker for OS updates, and your mechanic for tech assist. That is an unappealing proposition for individuals who all the time wish to have the most recent software program.
Google plans to point out off a preview of the Android automobile model at its I/O builders convention this week, so keep tuned to be taught extra about how the system will work.