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FCA to demo a concept of its new Android-powered UConnect infotainment system at CES 2017

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is indeed placing more of its focus into in-car technology as evidenced by its decision not to unveil any new production vehicle or show car at the Detroit Auto Show as well as by its intention to demonstrate a concept version of its planned Google Android-based infotainment system at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Essentially, the UConnect connect vehicle system to be shown at the CES 2017 isn’t the final version yet. The demonstration aims to show the seamless integration of Google’s Android operating software and FCA’s UConnect infotainment system. This means that via the demo, FCA and Google want to show that the new UConnect still has the easy-to-use interface and functionality of the current system but now comes loaded with several elements that are only found in Android-powered devices.

As part of the hands-on concept demo at the CES 2017 (scheduled from January 5 to 8, 2017), FCA and Google will showcase a Chrysler 300 unit. Its current 8.4-inch UConnect software has been replaced with a prototype UConnect system that is based on Google’s Android 7.0 (Android Nougat) operating system.

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Google working on built-in Android OS in vehicles

Google Inc. has commenced working on a version of Android that will be built directly into vehicles, sources told Reuters. While the current Android Auto software requires an Android smartphone to be plugged into a compatible car with a built-in screen to access the Internet and a number of installed apps, the version in works allow drivers to use all those features even without plugging in their smartphones.

According to the sources, Google plans to provide details for its plans for placing Android Auto directly into cars when it introduces the next Android M operating system within at least a year.

Thilo Koslowski, vice president and Automotive Practice Leader of industry research firm Gartner, remarked that the built-in Android Auto would provide “a much stronger foothold” for Google to become part of the vehicle instead of being just an add-on.

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GM to soon use Android on its infotainment system

The Android OS currently powers over 1 billion handheld devices. But soon enough, General Motors’ offerings will have an infotainment system based on Google’s widely used operating system. GM’s supplier of its next-generation infotainment system -- Harman International – has disclosed that it would base the technology on Android and would roll it out on the carmaker’s vehicles in late 2016.

Harman chief executive remarked that the next-generation infotainment system will enable an app store to allow it to stay “technologically relevant over the life cycle of the vehicle.” The apps for the infotainment system will be developed by not only Google, but also General Motors, Harman and other third parties. Harman is a member of the Google-led Open Automotive Alliance.

He remarked that the company is collaborating with Google on the system to ensure that Android is “automotive-grade ready.” That would mean that Harman cater to demands from carmakers, including making the Android infotainment system start up almost instantaneously as soon as the driver starts the vehicle.

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Google introduces the Android Auto in-car control system to take on Apple CarPlay [w/video]

As we announced it here, Google revealed today at the I/O Developer Conference the Android Auto, its brand new in-car control system developed for smartphones, to rival Apple’s CarPlay. First of all, we don’t see the new Android Auto as a rival to Apple CarPlay, but as a way to reduce the risk of accidents because you may already know, people are distracted during driving by their smartphones.

Google’s Android Auto is completely voice-enabled, which means that the driver can keep its hands on the steering wheel and his eyes on the road. Known as Google Auto Link during the development stage, the Android Auto promises to be the first product arriving from the Open Automotive Alliance a.k.a. a group led by Google that includes carmakers such as Audi, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai as well as the well-known chipmaker Nvidia.

According to Google, the Android Auto is a projected system and not an embedded operating system. This means that the smartphones using the Android operating system can be plugged into the car and the driver can access its features using the controls found on the steering wheel but also via the display screen.

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Intel Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation have teamed up to develop the next-generation in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems that will be used on new models for mobile device connectivity. Mobile Future said that the connected car is the No. 3 quickest growing technological device, after the smartphones and tablets.

The digital lifestyle is evident even in the consumers’ cars and what Intel and Toyota will be doing is to use features that drivers and passengers already have in their latest consumer electronic devices to an automotive environment.

As the result of the convergence of technology with cars, the silicon solutions that serve the infotainment and telematics market may increase from $5.6 billion in 2010 to $8.7 billion in 2018. Intel and Toyota want to fit advanced technologies in the vehicle in a more intuitive manner that lessens driver distraction.

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Certain Buick and GMC models sold in the U.S. and Canada will be getting an upscale version of Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment connectivity system. This year, GM is introducing the IntelliLink system in the Buick Regal, Verano and LaCrosse.

The 2012 Terrain is the first GMC model to receive the system. Micky Bly, GM’s executive director of global electrical systems, hybrids, electric vehicles and batteries, said that IntelliLink will debut on the Regal, LaCrosse and Terrain, in late summer or early fall. He didn’t say when the system will be launched on the Verano.

With the IntelliLink, motorists are able to link their smart phone and its functions like texting, calls, music or navigation to the vehicle’s voice recognition software, sound system and navigation screen.

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Saab Automobile is pioneering a change in the auto industry infotainment scene by working with external partners in ‘open innovation’ to develop its new IQon infotainment concept, with the use of Google’s Android operating system.

What Saab IQon offers is a completely new car infotainment user experience, combining all that’s best from the mobile industry with Saab’s automotive knowledge and innovative spirit (as expected the new infotainment system is used by brand's new Phoenix Concept unveiled today at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show).

Users can download a wide array of applications, online services and multi-media functions offered through a Saab IQon store. Saab will issue a vehicle application programming interface (API) for third-party developers, giving access to over 500 signals from different sensors in the vehicle.

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Chevy MyLink, an in-car infotainment package, will be featured on the 2012 Chevy Volt and Equinox, which will go on sale this year. Consumers will get a higher level of in-vehicle wireless connectivity and customized infotainment options as well as the unrivaled safety and security of OnStar. These vehicles will be the first to feature the safety and security of OnStar.

This package seamlessly integrates online services such as Pandora internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio using hands-free voice and touch-screen controls through Bluetooth device connectivity.

MyLink adds stereo audio streaming and wireless control of smart phones, on top of the voice-activated Bluetooth hands-free calling capability that most Chevy vehicles already offer. MyLink also features a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color touch screen display that makes it easy to navigate through media selection.

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