Audi already integrates Google Earth into its navigation system. The Open Auto Alliance will mean a lot more Google technology will arrive, and at GM, Honda, and Hyundai, too.
(Credit: Josh Miller/CNET) Google has launched a partnership with carmakers General Motors, Audi, Honda, Hyundai, and chipmaker Nvidia to bring the Android operating system to vehicles in 2014.
The group, called the
, aims to marry Android's widespread use and app support with openness and customization, according to the group's
Monday, the opening day of
"The OAA is dedicated to a common platform that will drive innovation, and make technology in the car safer and more intuitive for everyone," the group said. Its "open development model and common platform will allow automakers to more easily bring cutting-edge technology to their drivers, and create new opportunities for developers to deliver powerful experiences for drivers and passengers in a safe and scalable way."
Android will be extended with car-specific features, the alliance said, but said it would share details later.