Renault-Nissan alliance takes Google Android for a drive

Alfred Osborne
September 21, 2018

Vehicle making partners, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi announced on Tuesday that in all its future editions, it will use Google Android operating system to avail the tech giant an opportunity in the infotainment market with the biggest share.

Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi, with combined sales of 10.6 million vehicles previous year, said they will "integrate Google applications and services" including Maps and the voice-commanded Google Assistant into their cars.

"We're merging our forces to build a better system", said Kal Mos, global vice-president of connected vehicles for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance.

As more vehicles are connected to the internet via built-in modems, industry experts expect new businesses to emerge for data generated by the car's onboard electronics.

Future Renault-Nissan vehicles will provide native access to Google's Maps and Assistant features.

With Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, drivers will be able to have their favourite Android-based apps, music and other services piped directly into the auto.

Google will finally be entering the vehicle space.

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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Google announced a technology partnership to embed the Android operating system in all its vehicles. But Google has now made its way to the vehicle.

Other companies such as Volva have already made the decision to integrate Android OS into their newer models but no other company has yet to enter a joint venture with a company responsible for the creation and upkeep of these services.

Under a deal with web giant Google, the Renault-led group - the world's largest auto alliance by sales volume - will begin incorporating the most widespread operating system into its vehicle dashboards starting from 2021. These vehicle makers also predicted that that future of advanced auto infotainment systems will be based on the usage of Android.

For example, they will feature route guidance by Google Maps and allow users to answer texts or operate media using voice controls.

However, Android will not be integrated in these cars for another three more years, which means that Google can still plan to install Android in many more cars in the future.

The partnership would enable Google to develop an operating system behind the entertainment and GPS systems to be installed in vehicles manufactured by the trio automakers.

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