Google Android OS to power Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi media displays from 2021

Google partners with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi to bring Android to cars

Google to power Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance infotainment systems

The system will integrate many of Android's features right into the vehicle's infotainment system, including Google Maps, access to the Google Play Store for apps, and Google Assistant.

"We are uniting forces to build a better system".

The alliance says the integrated tech will be compatible with other devices including Apple products. Incorporating Google's or Apple's established tech could also be easier for carmakers weighing whether to develop their own proprietary systems.

The automakers have opt to enter into a partnership with Google than developing their own software ecosystem.

"In the future, the Google Assistant, which employs Google's leading AI technology, can become the main way customers interact with their vehicles, hands-free", Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi's Global VP of connected vehicles Kal Mos said in a statement. The artificial intelligence will enable users to take calls, write text messages, look up information online and access other vehicle functions using voice commands. Through the alliance, the brands sold a total of 10.6 million vehicles in 2017, that's about 12.5% of all passenger cars sold globally.

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Since 2005, Alphabet Inc.'s Google has been trying to chart a path into the auto.

The auto company trio alliance sold a combined total of 10.6 million cars previous year and stated that all their future models will integrate Google's services and application such as Maps and the Google assistant that is voice activated.

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi's partnership with Google and Audi's Alexa integration show that carmakers recognize customer preferences for the technology in their smartphones rather than software that's designed specifically for vehicles.

The first such series of vehicles with Android-equipped OS will come out in 2021, the alliance said on Tuesday, as it avoided to disclose the financial terms of the partnership.

When Android is incorporated into Alliance vehicles, navigation will be done with Google Maps, but diagnostic data will be in a separate system. Accordingly, some think that directly integrating Android Auto into the infotainment systems would mean an even more significant loss of privacy for drivers, as some of them already complained after the news emerged.

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