After Apple revealed earlier this year that they were working on putting iOS in cars, Google is ramping up an announcement of their own headed to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week.
Google has reportedly teamed with Audi to bring Android to cars, where the OS would help deliver information and become an entertainment center for drivers, all based around the popular smartphone OS. The companies are planning the announcement for CES, with the aim of producing a system that would make it easy to use music and navigation apps for smartphones in cars. This isn't unlike what Microsoft has been doing with Ford with their SYNC technology, but with Google being the overachievers that they are, we're sure they'll have some more announcements up their sleeves.
Google's only partner seems to be Audi as of now, and they'll have their work cut out for them as Apple already partnered with the likes of BMW, Honda, Nissan, Mercedes, Ferrari, and Infiniti, for their in-car iOS system. iOS for cars will feature an Eyes-Free Siri mode, music control, satellite navigation, iMessage functionality and, of course, ways to make a phone call. Apple's system is expected to start appearing in 2014—so, it may be ready for 2015 models.
Let's just hope Google lays off the advertisements. We already got enough of those with billboards.
[via Wall Street Journal]