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|18 September, 2018

Google to offer Android infotainment services for Renault alliance

The first Android-equipped vehicles will launch in 2021

The brand logo of Alphabet Inc's Google is seen outside its office in Beijing, China, August 8, 2018.

The brand logo of Alphabet Inc's Google is seen outside its office in Beijing, China, August 8, 2018.

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Mubasher: Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi on Tuesday announced signing a contract with Google to equip the three companies’ cars with intelligent infotainment systems and focused-applications.

Under the deal, whose services are set to start during 2021, Google will embed its Android operating system in three of the alliance’s vehicles, including turn-by-turn navigation systems via Google Maps, access to an ecosystem of automotive apps on the Google Play Store.

In addition, the embedded software will allow drivers to “answer calls and texts, control media, find information, and manage vehicle functions with voice using the built in Google Assistant,” the car trio said in a statement.

Each brand will provide customers with specific features and a unique interface via the Android platform, Renault added.

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In 2017, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance sold close to 10.6 million cars across 200 markets. By 2022, the group plans to raise its sales to over 14 million vehicles.

“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,” the alliance’s senior vice president of business development Hadi Zablit stated.

The three carmarkets also plan to manufacture 12 new zero-emission electric vehicles that include new autonomous-driving technologies.

By combining Google and the alliance’s tech, alliance member firms’ vehicles “will have one of the most intelligent infotainment systems in the market,” Renault revealed.

Source: Mubasher

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