It has been announced that General Motors will be collaborating with Harman International to manufacture its very own competitor to the Android Auto platform. General Motors’ vehicles will be equipped with the new operating system beginning 2016.
The deal between the parties is a USD$900 million agreement and will result in a full fledged Android operating system made just to satisfy automotive needs.
General Motors already uses other services in their vehicles such as QNX by Blackberry. By using Android Auto, the company will be able to reach customer vehicles quicker and easier as a great amount of apps will be available via Google Play Store.
Android Auto will not be forgotten as some Google features will used in the vehicles. This is not surprising as General Motors and Harman International are also both still active members of the Open Automotive Alliance, an organization headed by Google to ensure the responsible implementation of Android in the car.
With this new operating system, General Motors promises customers that they will have access to functions such as music and maps with was unavailable with the limited in-dash infotaiment systems. The company would have a great advantage if it could product an in-dah Android OS for its vehicles that doesn’t require an Android device to be used. This is one of the drawbacks of Android Auto.
Source: Android Authority