Google on Monday announced a partnership with Volvo and Audi that will see the search giant’s mobile operating system take over the main display and digital dashboard.
Over the past year, Google has been trying to create a car OS that goes beyond Android Auto, but the process has been slow. Past deals with Chrysler Fiat hinted Google was close, but now its vision has reached full realization.
Volvo and Audi will create a new infotainment system that will be powered by Android 7.0 Nougat and control the car’s main display and digital dashboard. This will allow for special integration with Google Assistant, Google Maps and even Spotify, and will also control car functionality like opening and closing windows, and operating the A/C system and seat configurations.
Bloomberg News is reporting Android vice president of engineering Patrick Brady confirmed that Apple’s CarPlay will still be able run on top of the Android infotainment system.
When can we expect the new infotainment system?
Volvo is planning on releasing its Android-powered infotainment system in new models within two years while Audi will unveil its version in the new Audi Q8 Sport. Google said it will share more information about the partnerships at its I/O conference this week.