Just a couple of days ago one of the biggest rumors we heard from CES was that Google was teaming-up with Audi to bring us the first Android-equippeed vehicle in the industry. As it turns out, the rumors were true, but there was more than just one carmaker interested in the new approach towards bringing Android to our means of transportation.

Google has now joined forces with Audi, Honda, GM and Hyundai to form the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), which closely resembles the Open Handset Alliance that was formed almost half a decade ago for the creation and adoption of the Android OS that we know today. The plan of the OAA is not only to give us connected cars, but to also bring additional apps and services to our dashboard.

According to the launch event:

“The worlds of consumer and automotive technologies have never been more closely aligned, and this alliance will only pave the way for faster innovation,” said Ricky Hudi, Head of Electrics/Electronics Development at AUDI AG. “Working toward a common ecosystems benefits driver safety above all.”

“Millions of people are already familiar with Android and use it every day,” said Sundar Pichai, SVP of Android, Chrome & Apps at Google. “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.”

“Through the OAA, our customers using Android devices will soon be able to enjoy the continuous user experience in their Hyundai and Kia vehicles,” said Dr. Woong-Chul Yang, Vice Chairman of R&D, Hyundai Motor Group. “By introducing the latest IT technologies safely and securely throughout our full range of vehicles, we continually strive to provide the highest levels of convenience and enhance the in-vehicle experience.”

We should expect the first vehicles using this new Android service to be on the road later this year. We sadly don’t have any specifics on what version of Android will be used for this, but stay tuned for the news.

Via: Yahoo News

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