Thousands of automotive apps may emerge after new partnership agreed

Google’s mobile OS Android and versions of it already run on a vast array of devices, and soon, the open-source operating system will even be running on cars. Volvo has announced that its newest vehicles will feature Google Assistant, Maps and even the Play Store right off the bat. 

Like Apple CarPlay, the Google Assistant support should make it easier to ask a car to send messages, make calls, read emails or navigate to addresses. But what’s different to the iPhone maker’s ‘walled -garden’ offering is that, according to Volvo’s promotional video, the system will have access to vehicle data such as fuel levels.

This Google-backed project could signify the rise of a new category of applications—ones designed exclusively for vehicle dashboards, making cars the new connected environment and control center.

The addition of Play Store makes Volvo’s in-car computer systems extremely upgradeable, just one of the several promoted advantages of the embedded system. Henrik Green, SVP of R&D and Volvo explains in a press release,

“Soon, Volvo drivers will have direct access to thousands of in-car apps that make daily life easier and the connected in-car experience more enjoyable.”

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Google’s mobile OS Android and versions of it already run on a vast array of devices, and soon, the open-source operating system will even be running on cars. Volvo has announced that its newest vehicles will feature Google Assistant, Maps and even the Play Store right off the bat. 

Like Apple CarPlay, the Google Assistant support should make it easier to ask a car to send messages, make calls, read emails or navigate to addresses. But what’s different to the iPhone maker’s ‘walled -garden’ offering is that, according to Volvo’s promotional video, the system will have access to vehicle data such as fuel levels.