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December 19, 2014

Google to Tweak Android for Use in Vehicles

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Google has plans to fashion a version of its Android operating system for vehicles, according to a report from Reuters.

Sources told the news agency the technology titan’s plan is to have a version of Android — dubbed Android Auto — that would be built directly into vehicles enabling drivers to use the Internet without having to plug in their Smartphones.

Google will offer up details and a timeframe for its plan to put Android Auto directly into new vehicles, but not until late next year when it debuts Android M, the next version of its operating system, sources said.

Android Auto could even be a by-product of Google’s partnership with a handful of auto manufacturers who has a goal to bring Android to cars by the end of this year.

Together with Audi, General Motors (GM), Honda, Hyundai and chip maker NVIDIA, Google, back in January, formed the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) to make automotive technology “safer and more intuitive for everyone.”

But what will an Android-enable vehicle be capable of? Does this mean drivers will be updating their social media status, playing a game of Angry Birds or doing a little online shopping while driving?

While such concerns are valid, the OAA has placed a strong emphasis on safety and is in contact with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as well as other such organizations.


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