Yesterday there was the Google I/O, the annual Conference in Mountain View, where developers were presented some interesting news about Android Car integration system. Which, for the occasion, was integrated into a Maserati Ghibli.
A new example of cooperation, Google-FCA: after the autonomous driving, here’s that associated: during the Google i/o yesterday, in fact, Alphabet introduced the next-generation Android Car, choosing as a “workshop” car Maserati Ghibli, edited in collaboration with Qualcomm.
First of all, Android car becomes an app: it will not be necessary to have a car that is compatible with the integration system (similar to Apple CarPlay). All you have to do is download the application on your Android smartphone to be able to use the phone in a way designed to minimize distraction, placing it, for example, on an aftermarket support.
The interface of your smartphone will be simplified, with commands more visible and less tap required to launch the various functions. On newer cars you can then manage your smartphone directly from the car’s voice commands or by buttons on the steering wheel. In the presence of a hotspot in your car, then you can connect your phone wirelessly.
But the most important new feature of Android car is able to integrate within the interface of Google all software functions and some hardware of the car: This means to manage data on vehicle mileage, infotainment, climate control, trip computer, power Windows, replacing the traditional instruments: the Maserati Ghibli staged by Google and Qualcomm has a vertical screen with 4 k resolution replacing the physical controls radio and uConnect and air conditioning While instead of the dashboard there is a display with graphics in material design.
The car is still a lab, of course, but something tells us that soon it will be possible to see something like this – perhaps better integrated with the design of the dashboard – on future FCA group cars, which thus arises at the forefront not only autonomous driving but also for connectivity on board.
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