Volvo is letting Android 'take over underlying vehicle software'

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"This partnership gives us the opportunity to deliver a more seamless experience to Volvo drivers through a full-featured infotainment platform and rich ecosystem of Android applications and Google services".

"We're thrilled to partner with Volvo to bring Android into their next generation connected cars", said Patrick Brady, Vice President of Android Engineering at Google. All this is happening just two days before Google kicks off its I/O conference wherein we could see the auto makers building a new infotainment for their vehicles, based on Android 7.0 Nougat. But Android Auto is really just a means to connect the smartphone to the car's display - all the software runs on the phone itself. Volvo believes smart partnerships are the future for the auto industry. In fact, more than 50% of vehicle owners never used their infotainment systems after 90 days of purchase, according to a 2016 study led by J.D. Power. With Android Auto tied into the built-in system, users will be able to go beyond the typical Android Auto functions of doing things like loading up Spotify to listen to music, using Google Maps to find and navigate to locations or using the Google Assistant for help. Three years since its launch, Android Auto is now supported by 300 vehicle models and aftermarket stereos.

Using Android as the base operating system, Volvo said in a statement, "will increase speed and flexibility in the development and offer its customers the ability to personalise the connected in-car experience".

The new systems will be previewed this week at the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, California. The new Android OS will be available with new Volvo models within two years. It displayed a Maserati Ghibli with a 4K, 15-inch vertical center touchscreen running Android. The system still appears to be running along those lines.

Volvo Cars partners with Google to build Android into next generation connected cars.