Paris I Yokohama I Tokyo: Groupe Renault, Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors represent the world’s largest automotive alliance. The cross-cultural partnership is focused on collaboration and maximising synergies. While they have their own collaborations with other automotive groups, including Germany’s Daimler and China’s Dongfeng, the partnership is the industry leader in zero-emission vehicles and plans to offer autonomous drive, connectivity features and services on a wide range of affordable vehicles.
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance and Google have now announced a technology partnership to embed the Android operating system in vehicles sold by them, providing intelligent infotainment and customer focused-applications across multiple models and brands.
Scheduled to start in 2021, vehicles sold by the Alliance members in many markets will utilize Android, the world’s most popular operating system, and will provide turn-by-turn navigation with Google Maps, access to a rich ecosystem of automotive apps on the Google Play Store and have the ability to answer calls and texts, control media, find information, and manage vehicle functions with voice using the built in Google Assistant.
The infotainment partnership will integrate Google applications and services into infotainment and cloud-based systems to equip more vehicles with connectivity and cloud-based services and enhance the customer experience. While a range of Alliance vehicles will share the Android platform, each brand will have flexibility to create a unique customer interface and specific features on top of the common Android platform.
The Alliance Intelligent Cloud will provide next-generation infotainment systems with secure connectivity by offering a platform to integrate data management, infotainment systems and to facilitate over-the-air upgrades and remote diagnostics.
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.