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Technology, Automotive Companies Form Open Automotive Alliance

The alliance is striving to create a completely Android connected car.

Audi, GM, Google, Honda, Hyundai, NVIDIA have created the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), a collaboration of technology and automotive industry companies working to implement an Android system in cars starting this year. This alliance, a press release states, will focus on creating a platform that fosters innovation, make car technology safer and more intuitive. The alliance currently includes a total of 44 companies, with 28 automotive and 16 technology organizations.

At the Google I/O developer conference, the first integration of Android Auto were revealed, and included Google Maps and music streaming service Spotify into an interface suitable for driving. The goal is to create a completely connected car so that once drivers connect their Android phone, they will be able to use applications and services specifically designed for the car and accessible through in-dash display and controls.

“We are excited to be a contributing member of the OAA to shape the future of in-vehicle information systems and working closely with Google to develop new connectivity technologies and capabilities. By promoting openness, collaboration, customization, and rapid evolution, the OAA will help accelerate adoption of in-vehicle specific technologies. This ubiquitous support can achieve the necessary scale needed for developing and fueling more ambitious and futuristic expectations such as autonomous cars connected to an ecosystem that will be essential to the efficiency and safety of our transportation grid many years into the future,” said Hidetoshi Kawamoto, president and chief operating officer at Clarion group.

For more information, visit the Open Automotive Alliance.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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