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December 18, 2014

Could Google’s Android M revolutionise the automobile?

Google aims to integrate Android directly into cars.

By CBR Staff Writer

Google is working on a version of Android that can be integrated directly into cars, thereby enabling drivers to enjoy the advantages of the internet without requiring them to plug in their mobile phones.

Google has neither disclosed the details, nor the timeframe, on its plan to put Android Auto into cars, reports Reuters.

However, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters that the company intends to introduce the latest version of its operating system, called Android M, in around a year.

If Android M is launched, chances are that it could end up becoming the well-accepted system powering the vehicle’s entertainment features, which would then enable Google to access significant amount of data gathered by automobiles.

This in turn could bolster the internet firm’s position in the market, where it could be competing with the likes of Apple.

Direct integration of Android into the vehicle will mean that each time drivers turn on ignition, they will be able to use Google’s services, without requiring them to plug into their smartphones.

Google could then make use of a vehicle’s sensors, camera, and internet connections to gather further data, which could ultimately help the automotive industry to come with further developments.

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Technology firms are competing aggressively to design gadgets such as wristwatches, which could connect to the internet.

Automobles are a lucrative segment for tech firms, with US Census data finding Americans spend on avergae almost one hour on their commute.

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