Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi have announced that they have partnered with technology giant Google to empower their models with Android. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has thus, gone ahead doing what several auto majors are avoiding and trying to find their own solutions rather than partner with tech giants for advanced connectivity. The Franco-Japanese auto alliance has said that its partnership with Alphabet Inc.’s Google will enable its vehicle models to use the Android operating system in the dashboards.
The Renault-Nisan-Mitsubishi has also said that its technology partnership with Google will make its vehicles among the first models to be using Google’s software run the infotainment unit, mapping, navigation and an array of other different apps installed in the vehicle.
Currently, most of the auto manufacturers offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support into their car’s dashboard, which can be availed only by plugging in a smartphone. A limited number of apps are offered in the vehicles’ touchscreen display at present. Thus, the modern cars in the current market do not have Android or Apple softwares directly pre-installed in the dashboard, and that’s how the future Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi cars will be different for the others.
Auto majors have so far preferred to keep Alphabet Inc. and Apple Inc.’s softwares away from being an integral part of their vehicle, in order to keep important vehicle and vehicle owner data to themselves and not share with the tech giants. Data such as driving patterns, the driver’s whereabouts, infotainment use, shopping preferences and so on, which will be controlled by the tech giants, once their software are directly installed in a car’s dashboard. The auto majors of the world have been also trying to sell their own connectivity systems and not let the tech majors to earn huge profits from the auto industry. However, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi have broken the trend by joining hands with Google, and other car makers are also joining in this tech bandwagon.
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance told in a statement that the alliance is working towards a better connectivity system by partnering with Google. So, even if the car owners forget their smartphones, the connectivity system will work perfectly owing to Google’s software in the car.
After the Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi vehicles get the Google software integrated into their dashboards, the owners will be able to use their preferred Android-based applications, content and other services directly in the car’s infotainment system. The car owners will also be able to utilize voice control the various Android apps with the help of the Google Assistant.
The Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi car owners who use Apple iPhones instead of Android based smartphone, will be able to continue using the Apple apps in their cars, by connecting their iPhones to the car and getting a limited number of apps projected onto the vehicle’s touchscreen, as things are now. The Alliance also said that the three carmakers will be deciding separately on how to craft the in-car experience in their individual vehicle models by using Android operating system. Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi will also be responsible for deciding on the timeline when they wish to offer their specific vehicle models with the Android software. However, the process will start in 2021.
Apart from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Volvo Cars has also announced about its partnership with Google and will commence using the Android OS in 2020.