Digitimes Research: Vehicle industry showing more signs of incorporating mobile applications and smart features
Enoki Chen, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Wednesday 2 July 2014]
Google's new Android Auto platform announced at Google I/O developer conference is focusing mainly on the connection between Android-based smartphones and car infotainment systems, and the vehicle industry is showing more signs of incorporating mobile applications and smart features into newer vehicles as nearly 30 vendors are now cooperating with Google in 2014, up from four in previous years.
Some of these vendors also plan to add support for iOS to their systems.
In addition to connection between mobile devices and applications, the Android Auto platform will eventually enter into the smart home industry.
Google has cooperated with Nest to offer solutions that allow drivers to pass the vehicle's information to their houses' Nest branded smart thermostats through apps in their smartphones or tablets and micro-manage the thermostats as needed. With Google pushing Android into car electronics systems, the move is expected to further enrich car electronics systems' applications.
Although most mobile platform developers have just started developing applications for car electronics in 2014, the development of smart car electronics are expected to pick up quickly with support from car vendors, telecommunication service providers, hardware and software developers, Digitimes Research believes.
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