Google’s Answer to CarPlay Revealed Next Week

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Google will introduce its version of Apple’s CarPlay next week at its Google I/O conference for developers, reports Automotive News.

Under Google’s smartphone system, (currently called Projected Mode) the car radio will control the driver’s Android phone and the phone images appear on the car radio screen.

Google first announced plans for an in-car system in January when it formed the Open Automotive Alliance and forecast the system would be available for use in cars by the end of this year.  Under the Alliance, it partnered with Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai, and chip maker NVIDIA.

Google says there are millions of Android phone owners who would like to conveniently use their phone in the car.  Samsung alone sold almost 300 million Android smartphones in 2013.

Analyst IHS expects that more than 100 million cars (cumulatively) will be on the road using Google’s “Projected Mode” by 2020.   Cars on the road with Apple’s Car Play will come close at 94 million by 2020, it said.

Google’s I/O conference will be held June 25-26 in San Francisco.

Apple’s CarPlay puts the familiar Apple interface and features in a car environment with voice control by Siri, steering wheel control and/or touchscreen control of music, navigation and information.

Pioneer is expected to begin offering CarPlay in its new NEX radios this summer and Alpine said it will offer the system this year.  Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Ferrari, and Honda all showed CarPlay prototypes recently and are expected to offer CarPlay in new cars this year. Hyundai is also expected to offer CarPlay this year and about 13 additional car makers will offer it in the future, according to Apple.

Source: Automotive News

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3 Comments

  1. Apple uses an ecosystem model and will be very successful! They have strategic vision to make everything work together and make sure they do work.

    Google is terrible at interworking different systems or caring about user needs.Google is simply reacting to Apple and to seem like it cares.they’ll probably stay years behind as usual.

    And this is from an Android aficionado.

  2. With the average age of cars on the road approaching 12 years, this will really not become mainstream for several years. And once it does, it will be passe. Just like CD players are right now.

  3. Let’s all “pile-in” the 12V arena!

    Here we go….frankly exciting and scary at the same time. This truly can do nothing but good things for our industry.

    EXCITING….because with the biggest names around Apple and Google talking about car audio!

    SCARY….because just like Apple jumping into the headphone hardware space, will either of these giants jump into the car audio hardware space? Maybe a stretch…but, the Apples/Googles/Amazons are always looking any where to get a “leg up” on the other.

    Overall…I think this is great opportunity for 12V…I guess we will all have to wait and see!

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