At the International CES technology show in Las Vegas this week, the companies announced the formation of the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), an organisation committed to bringing the Android platform to vehicles and accelerating the development of the fully connected car.
The OAA is dedicated to a common, open technological platform. It says this will encourage the development of high-quality and innovative in-car apps, as well as making technology in the car safer and more intuitive for everyone to use. It should also enable in-car tech to be updated more frequently during a vehicle’s lifetime.
Working on one platform that they are already familiar with, rather than a patchwork of platforms from different car makers, will make the developers’ job much easier.
It is a similar approach to that which has fuelled Google-owned Android’s rise to become the most widely used smartphone operating platform in the world.