Google Counters Apple’s CarPlay With Android Auto

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Google announced a number of Android initiatives based on its upcoming Android L at their I/O 2014 Developer Conference yesterday. One of the more interesting features was the announcement of Android Auto. While Google announced the Open Automotive Alliance a few months ago, Android Auto gives us a better look at what exactly the OAA will eventually be bringing to the automotive market.

With this announcement, drivers will have a choice between Android and Apple based systems integration in new vehicles with in-dash systems (manufacturer-dependent), and older vehicles with third-party systems. With Android Auto, connecting your phone to the system will give you access to your music, contacts, messages, navigation, and more while allowing you to safely focus on driving with hands free voice commands. Using the card based focus which has been appearing in Android updates and takes a front seat in the newly announced Android L, useful information will be displayed when it’s relevant. Google Maps has been redesigned to fit this format as well with voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, lane guidance, and more. With voice activation and commands, drivers will be able to access various information including navigation, music, voice calls, text messages, and vehicle specific apps.

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As Ricky Hudi, Head of Development Electrics/Electronics, AUDI AG says:

“There can be no denying the connected car era has arrived, and with it comes the expectation that the data and functions provided by smartphone apps will seamlessly bridge to Audi infotainment environments as the ‘fourth screen’ in our customers’ lives. The progress made with our Open Automotive Alliance partners shows how this can be achieved with safety and security at the forefront.”

As with Apple’s CarPlay, a number of automotive manufacturers, aftermarket manufacturers, and apps have been announced.

Automotive Manufacturers

Android AutoCarPlay
AbarthY
AcuraY
Alfa RomeoY
AudiY
BentleyY
BMWY
ChevroletYY
ChryslerY
CitroënY
DodgeY
DSY
FerrariY
FiatY
FordYY
HondaYY
HyundaiYY
InfinitiY
JaguarY
JeepY
KiaYY
Land RoverY
MaseratiY
MazdaY
Mercedes-BenzY
MitsubishiYY
NissanYY
OpelYY
PeugeotY
RamY
RenaultY
SeatY
SkodaY
SubaruYY
SuzukiYY
ToyotaY
VolkswagenY
VolvoYY

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Aftermarket Manufacturers/Technology Partners

Android AutoCarPlay
AlpineYY
ClarionY
CloudCarY
DelphiY
FreescaleY
Fujitsu TenY
GoogleY
HarmanY
JVC KenwoodY
LGY
NvidiaY
PanasonicY
ParrotY
PioneerYY
RenesasY
Symphony TelecaY

Apps

Android AutoCarPlay
At Bat (MLB)YY
Beats MusicY
iHeartRadioYY
JoyrideY
PandoraY
Pocket CastsY
PodcastsY
SongzaY
SpotifyYY
StitcherYY
TuneIn RadioY
Umano (News)Y

 

Google Auto Slide 3

It will be interesting to see how automotive manufacturers who have committed to both Android Auto and CarPlay – or have existing systems such as Chrysler’s UConnect – will offer these as options in their new vehicles.

“Becoming a member of the Open Automotive Alliance offers us a great opportunity to explore how we will bring a familiar set of Android features into our Chrysler Group, Abarth, Alfa Romeo and Fiat Uconnect systems globally. This membership will complement our mission to enable drivers to stay conveniently connected while keeping their hands on the wheel and their focus on driving.” -Alan Amici, Head of Uconnect Systems and Services, Chrysler Group LLC. (note: emphasis added)

Both Android Auto and CarPlay will be available on select new vehicles in 2014.

Source: Android Auto, Open Automotive Alliance, CarPlay

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