Google modified Android in 2016 to make the open source operating system appealing to car manufacturers that desire a customized, turn-key infotainment system. An Android in-car infotainment system was seen, at the time, as simply a concept.
Now it appears that one carmaker is interested.
Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) revealed Tuesday they will display a Chrysler 300 sedan that utilizes the Android open source platform at CES, the yearly consumer electronics display in Las Vegas. The cooperation intends to display how an Android operating system may look and operate in automobile– even if the carmaker has its own infotainment system.
Android is incorporated with FCA’s infotainment system called UConnect. This suggests Android’s universe of applications– consisting of Google Assistant and Google Maps along with Spotify and Pandora, ought to work effortlessly with UConnect.
“With Android, we have the ability to keep our distinct and instinctive Uconnect interface, all while incorporating our user friendly systems with Android’s functions and ecosystem of applications,” stated Chris Barman, head of electrical engineering at FCA.