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Google Android to Power Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi Infotainments From 2021

Starting with the cars manufactured from 2021, the three brands that make up the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance will be using Google’s Android to power their infotainment systems.
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The use of Android will this time extend far beyond the simple inclusion of Android Auto into the cars produced by the three. Google’s operating system will be combined with the cloud based information tool to provide what is supposed to be the epitome of infotainment suites.

As a result of an agreement signed by the Alliance with Google, navigation in their future cars will be done using Google Maps, while the Google Play Store will be the place to go find “a rich ecosystem of automotive apps.”

Some of the features in these cars will be controllable through the Google Assistant, a tool which would ultimately allow drivers to control features in their cars while using only their voices.

The integration of Android with the cloud systems developed by the three will allow for the installation of over-the-air updates, as well as facilitate running vehicle diagnostics when needed.

Those worrying that their Apple phones won’t be compatible with Android-based Nissans need to not do that, as the Japanese say the integration will be compatible with iOS and other smartphone operating systems. 

“With the integration of the Android platform into our infotainment systems, we are adding a new level of intelligence to our connected vehicles,” said in a statement Kal Mos, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s man in charge with connected vehicles.

“With Google Maps and the Google Assistant embedded in Alliance infotainment systems, our customers will have some of the most advanced AI based applications at their fingertips.”

Adding Android is one of the main tools alliance executives hope to use in reaching the target of 14 million units sold a year by the end of 2022. That plan also includes the launch of 12 new electric vehicles.

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