First came the smartphones and now its time for smart cars. The Web giant, Google and automotive giant, Audi are developing an in-car entertainment and information system. Google has big plans to put Android in cars, and will start by announcing a tie-up with Audi at CES 2014 next week.
The plan is to allow drivers and passengers to access music, navigation, apps and services that are similar to those widely available now on Android-powered smartphones. Apple announced a similar development in 2013 with iOS in car infotainment system.
Google and Audi already have foundation with Audi Drive smarter, where Audi car connects with Google Earth satellite, travel information, weather reports and fuel prices . You can even send destinations with your myAudi account from your desktop straight to your car.
Google is also developing a technology for autonomous cars. The software powering Google’s cars is called Google Chauffeur. There are chances that Audi may demonstrate new technologies in alliance with Google that allow cars to drive themselves in certain situations and for short periods. It might Park itself and pick you up with a tap of an app.
There are many technology lovers who might be thinking, why didn’t car manufacturers do this earlier? Well that is because the equipment in the car has to be certified against certain security criteria as crash protection. Thereby increasing the cost for those systems as compared to end user equipment. So be prepared to handle your Audi with just a click on your smartphone.