Thanks to the new grandiose deal, Android from Google will be the operating system that will manage cars by Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is the world’s largest auto group, which produced more than 10.6 million vehicles last year. Over the same period, the group managed to sell about 5.5 million vehicles worldwide.
By 2021 information panels, controlled by the operating system Android, will begin to appear in the cars of these brands. This initiative is part of the so-called Alliance 2022 plan and aims to make more cloud services and a permanent connection to the Internet available for mass cars.
For this, cloud services from both Android and Google will be offered. The new version of the infotainment system will use Google Maps for step-by-step navigation, as well as Google Assistant for speech recognition and voice commands. Calls and texts, multimedia playback and information search will be supported.
Meanwhile, access to the Google Play store will update the system with third-party applications. It is important to note that this will not just be an Android tablet built into cars. Instead, Android will be tightly integrated with car own systems, so that drivers can monitor the car’s functions through a digital assistant.
The base OS can be the same, but the way it is displayed will differ. It is reported that each automaker will be able to customize the interface in each individual car model, including the addition of certain functions depending on the model. It will also be compatible with devices running other operating systems, such as Apple iOS, automakers say, although at this stage it is unclear whether Apple CarPlay will be supported.
New cars on Android will open the way for a new kind of vehicle management. Updates through the cloud will be supported as well remote diagnostics, with support for cloud data management of the Alliance Intelligent Cloud. By the end of 2022, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi plans to launch twelve new electric vehicles with zero emissions on the road.
While this may be Android’s biggest victory in the automotive industry, this is not Google’s first step in this direction. The company announced a deal with Volvo in May 2017 and said this year that the same features of Google Maps, Google Assistant and Google Play will appear in Volvo cars in a couple of years.