It looks like the rumors were true after all, as reported by the WSJ just last week, Google will indeed be working with car manufacturers to bring Android to automobile. Google has just officially announced its partnership with Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia to create the Open Automotive Alliance, a global alliance aimed at accelerating auto innovation with an approach that offers openness, customization and scale.
With Android in your car, which ultimately means with all your favorite music and apps on your car’s built-in controls and in-dash display, Google and all the other companies are of course focused on safety. In a blog post, Google mentioned that they are all working on allowing users to bring these apps to their vehicle and use them safely:
“Together with our OAA partners, we’re working to enable new forms of integration with Android devices, and adapting Android for the car to make driving safer, easier and more enjoyable for everyone. Putting Android in the car will bring drivers apps and services they already know and love, while enabling automakers to more easily deliver cutting-edge technology to their customers. And it will create new opportunities for developers to extend the variety and depth of the Android app ecosystem in new, exciting and safe ways.”