Already well recognized for its efforts to develop self-driving cars, Google is reportedly also working on getting its Android mobile operating system built directly into a variety of vehicles. Such a system would allow drivers to use mobile apps without having to connect their cellphones to their cars, according to a Reuters article published Thursday.
Google rolled out its preview of Android Auto in June. Designed to support easier in-car use of audio and messaging apps, Android Auto has been touted as a way to integrate mobile devices with cars in a safer and more streamlined way.
Last month, Google announced that it was making the first APIs available to developers who want to build Android Auto-enabled apps. It has also begun working with a number of Android Auto partners, including iHeartRadio, Pandora, SoundCloud, Spotify and WhatsApp.
Contending with CarPlay
Google is far from the only Internet tech company looking to gain a foothold in the automotive market. In March, for instance, Apple announced a new offering called CarPlay with many of the same features that Google is working on.
Designed for in-car integration with iPhones, CarPlay uses Apple’s iOS operating system to give drivers hands-free access to their phones’ contacts, calls, messages and music. The system features Apple’s Siri personal digital assistant that can read messages, take dictation and respond to voice commands.
Rolled out first in vehicles made by Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, CarPlay will eventually be featured in cars from a number of other manufacturers including BMW, Ford, GM, and Honda, according to Apple.
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SOURCE: Sci-Tech Today