General Motors to build Android Auto competitor by 2016.



General Motors being a member to Google’s Android Auto, it has express interest in building an Android powered, infotainment system, competitor to Android Auto. The company target is to have its very own full-fledged Android infotainment system, hopefully by 2016. The OS will first install in GM vehicles, before proceeding to other automotive manufacturers.

This project is expected to exhaust at least $900 million, and so the automaker has partnered with Harman International. The two parties will work together in making GM dash of vehicles become more seamless and more intuitive for everyone.

The full-fledged Android infotainment system is a self-contained tech that won’t rely on a smartphone for key functions, like mapping or music playback, unlike Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay. This is confirmed by Harman CEO Dinesh Paliwal words:

As you would expect, this next-generation infotainment solution will enable an app store, which allows this infotainment system to stay technologically relevant over the life cycle of the vehicle. Apps will be developed by General Motors, Harman and a bunch of other third parties, not just Google and Apple.


GM was a leader in their time with On Star communications in their vehicles. Now they are on a new quest; to create Android OS for cars. What’s you take on this move, do you welcome GM’s report or you are not for it?

Source: AndroidAuthority 

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