Google and Audi are jointly developing information and entertainment systems for cars that are based on Android.
With iOS 7.1 to be released next year, Apple will have a strong presence with iOS installed in cars thanks to their partnership with numerous manufacturers (BMW, Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes, Nissan...). It is likely that we will also see Android installed in cars as well though.
According to information published in The Wall Street Journal, Google and the German car manufacturer Audi should announce next week that they are working on on-board information and entertainment systems. These will be based on the Android operating system.
The WSJ has also claimed that work on the chips is being undertaken with NVidia. The aim will be to offer drivers and passengers access to applications and services similar to those that are available on the Android smartphones and tablets.
At this stage, the information is limited, but considering that battle that takes place between Android and iOS in mobile devices, it would be surprising if the same fight didn’t spill over into the on-board automobile market.
For some of these vehicles, Audi has already deployed info-entertainment systems which use the NVIDIA VCM platform - Visual Computing Module – and the Tegra SoC. This provides drivers with Google Earth images and Google Map’s Street Views, real time information of fuel prices, weather forecasts and points of interest provided by Google Local Search.
It would have to be thought that this will go even further in the future if Google Now is available, providing functions similar to Siri for iOS in the car.