Without a doubt, this is big news for Google and the future of Android Automotive, as the OS has until now been installed only on a couple of models from Polestar and Volvo.
But Google says Android Automotive would land in models from General Motors, Renault, and Volvo projected to go live in the coming months, so sooner or later, more carmakers would end up deploying this operating system in their cars.
As compared to Android Auto, which requires a smartphone to run, Android Automotive is pre-loaded software that comes bundled with the car’s infotainment system and provides deeper integration of Google services.
Furthermore, apps like Google Maps come with capabilities specifically tailored to each car, so for example, the application can read data like EV range and battery level to provide additional information such as the estimated battery when drivers arrive at a defined destination.
Google gives carmakers the freedom to customize the looks of Android Automotive as they wish, so while at the first glance it may look like two models run different operating systems, they might be powered by the same platform but with a different skin.
For example, GM has already confirmed that its new Hummer EV would come with Android Automotive, and a video released by the company showed the platform with a completely new more rugged UI that’s totally different from the one we knew from Polestar.