As was leaked earlier, Google today announced the launch of Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), an initiative between Google and auto-makers for integration of Android in the car systems.
As per a blog post on the official Android blog, Google has teamed up with Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia to take the innovation in connected cars to a new level.
“Today, millions of people already bring Android phones and tablets into their cars, but it’s not yet a driving-optimized experience. Wouldn’t it be great if you could bring your favorite apps and music with you, and use them safely with your car’s built-in controls and in-dash display? 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,” Patrick Brady, Google’s director of Android engineering noted in the blog post.
“Millions of people are already familiar with Android and use it everyday. The expansion of the Android platform into automotive will allow our industry partners to more easily integrate mobile technology into cars and offer drivers a familiar, seamless experience so they can focus on the road,” remarks Sundar Pichai, SVP of Android, Chrome & Apps at Google.
According to OAA, you can expect to see the first cars with Android integration by the end of this year.
Not many details are available at this point but you can find slightly more information about OAA at its website.