Starting with 2021, millions of cars worldwide will feature media stations that will work with Google's Android OS. OR Google works with Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi, whose alliance is at the top of sales, to build an operating system behind entertainment and GPS systems. These new systems will offer applications through the Play Store, navigation on Google Maps and voice commands via Google Maps Google Assistant.
"In the future, Google Assistant, which uses Google's leading AI technology, may become the main way customers interact with their vehicles without using their hands," said Kal Mos, the vice-president of the alliance.
Last year, the alliance of these three car makers sold 10,6 millions of cars around the world, and has already sold 5.54 millions of vehicles to 30 in June this year, so we can expect similar sales figures for 2018. The Android OS is not expected to be built into the cars for the next three years, so the whole system with the operating system is still unknown. The alliance expects to sell more than 14 million cars to 2022.
As the Wall Street Journal notes, Google has been trying to get into the car for more than a decade. But its efforts have not flourished as car companies see Google and other technology giants as potential competitors who can use user data for profit. Many automakers such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW prefer to build their own GPS systems but have so far encountered significant technological difficulties.
However, Google will not be a monopoly. Car systems will still be compatible with mobile devices running other OSs like Apple's CarPlay, as automakers keep their options open.