Apple’s CarPlay may have a rival soon as AutoNews reports that Google will unveil its first Car Infotainment system at its Annual Software Developer’s Conference to be held on June 25. Google’s entry into this segment would surely intensify competition and both the companies will try to lead the race for dashboard systems.
According to the website, the news comes from three different sources who gave out some details about the upcoming in-car Android software. The source says that Google’s in car software won’t be an embedded system; instead it would be a projected system. This simply means that the dashboard would connect to the Android smartphone and the user can then control the various functions of the smartphone using the touchscreen and other dial and knobs on the dashboard of the car.
If the details turn out to be true, it would mean that Google’s own dashboard software will work a lot like Apple’s CarPlay infotainment system. Given that the software would connect with a smartphone, the dashboard may accept voice commands too. General features could include playing music, sending messages and answering phone calls. However, the source failed to mention anything about the features of the software, so nothing is confirmed as of now.
Internally, the system was called as Google AutoLink. However, it’s quite likely that Google would go with a trendier name when it announces the system officially at Google I/O. Another thing to note here is that, Google AutoLink would be the first product from Google’s Open Automotive Alliance which was established back in January this year. The alliance has a number of well-known names like Audi, General Motors, and Honda. Hyundai, and even Nvidia, who would be making chipsets for in-car infotainment systems.
When the alliance was first revealed to the public, Google said that it was planning to bring Android to cars in 2014 and was developing new Android platform features that will enable the car itself to become a connected Android device.
Google has already partnered up with several manufacturers in order to integrate its products in their cars. For example, Audi’s luxury models now integrate Google Earth Satellite images for GPS navigation. Also, Hyundai has a deal with the company to integrate Google Search feature for searching nearby locations with voice commands. So, Google has been interested in this industry for quite some time, however this is first time the company is planning to fully integrate Android on car dashboards.
It would be interesting to see how different Google AutoLink is from Apple CarPlay and the features that it adds to the car’s infotainment system.
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