The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance has signed a multiyear agreement with Google Inc. to equip all future products with the Android Auto infotainment system.
The triple alliance announced a technology partnership with Google to embed the Android operating system in all the models it sells. The first products to feature the intelligent infotainment and customer-focused applications will start hitting dealer floors in 2021. Under the technology partnership, vehicles sold by the Alliance members in many markets will utilize Android, the world’s most popular operating sytem currently. This will give customers access to a rich ecosystem of automotive apps on the Google Play Store.
Drivers of Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi cars will be able to answer calls and texts, control media, find information, and manage vehicle functions using voice commands with the help of the built-in Google Assistant. The alliance will also inteegrate Google aapplications and services into infotainment and cloud-based systems to enhance the experience for its customers. While the range of the Alliance vehicles will share the basic module, each brand will have the flexibility to create its own unique interface and specific features on top of the common Android platform.
The Alliance Intelligent Cloud will host next-generation infotainment systems with secure connectivity by offering a platform to integrate data management and infotainment systems as well as to facilitate over-the-air updates and remote diagnostics in the Alliance vehicles. The combination of the Alliance and Google technologies will result in having the Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi vehicles boasting of one of the most advanced infotainment systems in the automotive market.
Hadi Zablit, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, said, “Our partnership with Google will offer owners of our vehicles rich user experiences that are currently available only outside the vehicle or, to a limited extent, by connecting an Android device to supported vehicles. We are building powerful connected and seamless on-board / off-board experiences into our vehicles in addition to the features of Google applications and services that many users are accustomed to, including Google Maps, the Google Assistant and the Google Play Store.”
Senior Vice President of Platforms and Ecosystems at Google, Hiroshi Lockheimer also added his views about the technology partnership: “Google and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi share a common vision of delivering an intelligent, safe and seamless in-car experience with apps and services that are familiar, upgradable and connected. We’re thrilled to partner with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi to bring the Google Assistant, Google Maps, and other popular apps via the Play Store and Android to drivers and passengers around the world.”