Google to Unveil In-Car Operating System

By | June 18, 2014
During its annual software developer conference, Google announced that it will unveil its first in-car operating system, furthering the healthy competition with Apple Inc. to become the leader of dashboard computing. The Google Auto Link will be one of the first products that will be produced from the Open Automotive Alliance that also includes Audi AG, General Motors, Honda Motor Co., Hyundai Motor Group, and NVIDIA Corp. While not an embedded infotainment system, the GAL will be a projected system that allows Android phones to be controlled by the vehicle's controls and display screen. The technology will be revealed later this month in San Francisco, but we still don't know what vehicle will implement the system first. We do know that we will see it sometime this year. Already, Google has struck up exclusive deals with the above automakers, including Google Earth images appearing in Audi vehicles, and Google search functions in select Hyundai models. Currently, the Android operating system has beat out the Apple iOS system as the most popular operating system, and as Apple is also creating an integrated car-operating system, Google wants to get the jump. Apple has already revealed its CarPlay, which has been described in press materials as "a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car." Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)