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