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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Google announce technological partnership

Team OD  | Updated: September 19, 2018, 04:00 PM IST

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Google have announced a technological partnership that will see its Android operating system being embedded in vehicles sold by the alliance.

With this partnership, cars will use Android to give users access to Google Maps, automotive apps on the Google Play Store, the ability to answer calls and texts, control media, find information, and manage vehicle functions with voice using the built in Google Assistant.

Each brand will be able to create a unique user interface and specific features on top of the common Android platform. There will also be the integration of Google applications and services into infotainment and cloud-based systems. An Alliance Intelligent Cloud system will also be rolled out to provide next-generation infotainment systems with secure connectivity by offering a platform to integrate data management, infotainment systems and facilitate over-the-air upgrades and remote diagnostics.

The plan also involves the launch of 12 new zero-emission electric vehicles and new autonomous-driving technologies.

The goal is to be able to leverage Google and Android's capabilities to access an ecosystem that includes thousands of existing applications and an ever-expanding array of new apps. This integration, combined with the broad knowledge and a vibrant community of developers, will enable easy in-vehicle access to popular applications. The system will also be compatible with devices running other operating systems, such as Apple iOS.

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