Toss your Android tablet into your car for your next road trip and amazing things happen: you can find your way using the latest navigation apps, you can watch your favorite movies, and you can share your experiences on your favorite social networks.
The problem: those apps can’t tap into the amazing capabilities car makers are building into the latest generation of cars and trucks. And they don’t always do so safely. That leaves automakers — who need years to build cars that have to meet strict safety and emissions standards — scrambling to catch up with trends that can sweep across the mobile ecosystems in months, even weeks.
On Monday, Google announced the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), which aims to bridge that gap by plugging cars — and their amazing capabilities — into the same mobile ecosystem that powers your Android smartphone, tablet and television. We’re joining Audi, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai and Google as founding members of the OAA.
Our Tegra mobile processors already power a huge variety of Android devices. We’re also powering infotainment and navigation systems in a wide variety of cars today. With our Tegra K1 Visual Computing Module (VCM), we’re working with automakers to build applications that unlock everything from digital dashboards to next-generation safety systems, and even semi-autonomous driving.
By working together, our aim is to help create cars that give drivers and passengers access to new and existing services in ways that don’t distract drivers — by taking advantage of voice recognition technology and building these services into controls that drivers are already familiar with.
Cars are quickly becoming the smartest devices we own. Android will give automakers the ability to add the power of an open ecosystem to this mix. Look for the first cars with Android integration by the end of the year.