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GM to Make Android OS Standard on Cars from 2021

There's nothing like a factory-made infotainment system with built-in Google compatibility. What's even better is an infotainment system that runs on Android. Unfortunately, the number of cars on the road today with this feature is still limited.
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It took GM a whole company-backed study to come to this conclusion. After combing through the results of a survey conducted in 2017, the company found that "many customers prefer an embedded technology experience in the vehicle, and increasingly expect seamless integration between the tech in their hands and the tech in their vehicle."

In response to these findings, the carmaker plans to offer, together with Google, a new infotainment system in its cars. This is supposed to bring the voice assistant, embedded navigation and in-vehicle applications on most Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac cars sold globally starting 2021.

The integration of the new Android OS into cars right from the factory floor means drivers will have access to Google's main services directly from the vehicle, with no need to use a smartphone as well.

“We are re-envisioning the future in-vehicle customer experience, and this is just the first step. The integration of select Google technology and services into our vehicle infotainment systems will foster a more connected and efficient driving experience,” said in a statement Santiago Chamorro, GM VP of Global Connected Customer Experience.

“We will continue to offer our own unique infotainment features that only GM can deliver, such as service recommendations, vehicle health status, in-vehicle commerce and more, with the Google applications and services complementing our offerings.”

The move, for now, is said not to apply to China, a country that is at odds with the U.S. over security concerns.

GM has a long-lasting partnership with Google, having started to use Android in 2016.

More details on what GM plans to offer can be found in the document attached below.

press release

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