Android Automotive Finds Fertile Soil in Mass Market Brands

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By James Hodgson | 4Q 2019 | IN-5620


GM Selects Android Automotive for Connected Infotainment


In September 2019, General Motors (GM) announced that, starting in 2021, the automaker would begin equipping its vehicles shipping outside of China with infotainment systems powered by Android Automotive Operating Software (OS). Future vehicles featuring these Android OS-based infotainment systems will give consumers embedded access to the Google Maps navigation application and Google Assistant. In addition, a host of automotive-grade applications will be made available to GM’s customers via the Google Play Store, an application framework supported by a far greater range of developers than any auto-originated equivalent.

GM has therefore become the second mass-market Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) after Renault-Nissan to opt for the Android Automotive OS, opting to leverage Google’s services over their own in-house development. The two OEMs shipped a combined total of 12.2 million vehicles outside of China in 2017, representing considerable market potential for Google as Android Automotive is made available on more models…

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