Android is already a popular operating system out on the open road, and it’s only getting bigger. An impressive number of big companies, including Google, Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and NVIDIA have joined forces to create the Open Automotive Alliance. The alliance is devoted to bringing the Android platform to cars starting in 2014 as part of a common platform. They hope to drive innovation and intuitiveness in their cars, while improving safety and, (as the name suggests,) openness.
“Millions of people are already familiar with Android and use it everyday,” said Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior voice preseident of Android, Chrome & Apps. “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.”
They hope to get the first Android-integrated cars on the road in 2014, though timing will vary from company to company.