Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi And Google Join Forces For Next-Gen Infotainment System

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 21, 2018

Microsoft tried its hand with Fiat but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have fast become the must-have bolt-ons. Incorporating Google's or Apple's established tech could also be easier for carmakers weighing whether to develop their own proprietary systems.

In 2017, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance managed to sell 10.6 million cars around the world, and it has already sold 5.54 million vehicles as of June 30, 2018. Hence, they try to hinder efforts of tech giants into auto manufacturing space and rather build their own entertainment and GPS systems, despite facing challenges streamlining the technology.

Volvo Cars has announced that it will start using Android in 2020, but no other carmaker has, said Mike Ramsey, a research director at Gartner Inc.

Google Senior VP Platforms & Ecosystems Hiroshi Lockheimer said Google and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi share a common vision of delivering an intelligent, safe and seamless in-car experience with apps and services that are familiar, upgradable and connected.

Android will be "embedded" into cars to provide functionality like turn-by-turn navigation through Google Maps and the ability to answer calls or reply to texts.

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi consortium, as per sources, will debut the new infotainment system in the year 2021.

Control of driver and vehicle data has been a sticky issue for carmakers.

Google's potential dominance in voice assistants can not be overemphasized if it finally makes it into the automotive realm.

In China, where Google is blocked, the auto alliance will offer drivers unspecified alternatives.

Google has been working to alleviate those concerns, putting out its Android operating software to be used for free. Android will also facilitate over-the-air updates and remote diagnostics in Nissan, Renault, and Mitsubishi vehicles. That yields clunkier platforms they can control, but which offer little scope to add new apps or functionality.

Group Renault of France and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. will join forces with Google LLC to equip the information displays in their cars with the Android operating system, officials of the companies said Tuesday.

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