Google Open Automotive Alliance Has a Baby – Google Auto Link OS!
If you are technologically savvy and you like cars, you will know that Google had something called the Google Open Automotive Alliance. It is basically Google’s effort to create a platform where your car syncs with your phone or vice versa. In other words; it is a Google – large car manufacturers’ collaboration available in the world to bring Android to you in your car. Among big brands that has jumped onto that boat with Google are Audi, GM, and Honda.
Autonews, a news website that publishes news regarding (duh!) automotive developments just reported that the Google I/O will see the reveal of Google first effort of a form of Operating System (OS) for the car. According to them, it will go head-to-head with Apple’s CarPlay. It is called Google Auto Link. This in-car OS is not a replacement of the in-car entertainment system as pointed out by Google. What it will do is control phones that runs on Google Android with displays and controls on your car.
So Google Auto Link is not much of an Operating System, rather a ‘projector’. This isn’t the first time we see this ‘projected Android’ system though, Daimler back in March has mentioned something about Android projection in the classifieds. It was mentioned there as well that the Android will seamlessly integrate and sync with the car. Compared to the Apple’s CarPlay which just replaces the in-car infotainment system.
Google and its partners did not reveal the first car that would fit the Google Auto Link system though. There are no hints either so we wouldn’t know. We know though that the first vehicle to be fitted with a Google Open Automotive Alliance development software is rolling out somewhere this year as promised by Google. Stay tuned in with us as we cover the Google I/O developers conference at our own LiveBlog.