Remember how we mentioned that Hyundai would be offering a BlueLink infotainment app for Google Glass? And how last week, we told you about a rumored partnership between Audi and Google? Well, both of these things were just part of a much bigger deal.
Google has teamed up with Audi, General Motors, Hyundai and Honda to form the Open Automotive Alliance. With the help of chipmaker NVIDIA, the group aims to bring Google’s Android operating system to the auto industry on a large scale. While the speed with which Android will be adopted by the industry remains unclear – the OAA’s own press release says “timing for each automaker will vary” – we could see the first Android-equipped vehicle by year’s end.
For those that keep their ear to the ground in the automotive tech world, this is a big deal for more than just one reason – Honda, GM and Hyundai are all partners in the Siri Eyes Free program from Apple. The future of that relationship now that three of its automakers are in bed with Apple’s arch-rival, though, could be under threat.
We’ll stay with this story as more information becomes available. Until then, scroll down for a press release from the Open Automotive Alliance.
Automakers teaming with Google to bring Android to cars this year originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 06 Jan 2014 18:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.