Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, an alliance of carmakers that sold 10.6 million vehicles worldwide previous year, partnered with Google to embed the Android mobile operating system in its cars, per a statement.
Kal Mos, Vice-President of the Renault Nissan-Mistubishi Alliance says Google will have access to data collected from its in-car apps, but must ask for user permission first.
While vehicles built by the Alliance will share the identical Android platform, each brand will have the flexibility of creating their own user interface and specific features.
Besides these experts and auto & vehicle analysts have also started suspecting that Google may soon be approaching other popular auto makers as well, for installing the next-gen Android driven digital media system in their vehicles as well.
It's part of the group's wider efforts to wirelessly connect cars to online "cloud-based systems", allowing automakers to gather data, diagnose problems and update vehicle software remotely.
Hadi Zablit, the chief of business development at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance stated in this context: "Our ambition is to offer the same customer experience inside the auto as on a mobile phone", "It is becoming an important feature when people choose their cars". The alliance also wants to launch 12 new zero-emission electric vehicles, new autonomous-driving technologies and continue rolling out its Alliance Intelligent Cloud.
The Google Assistant and voice commands are a key method of interaction on these future vehicles. "More carmakers could follow suit and partner with Google".
"Drivers and passengers will 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".
Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi, with combined sales of 10.6 million vehicles a year ago, said future models will "integrate Google applications and services" including Maps and the voice-commanded Google Assistant.
In any case, Android users have long used Google Maps or Android Auto for day-to-day navigations and found it quite helpful. Android Automotive is directly supported by Google, unlike "Generic Android", and can run apps that are available for download in the Google Play store, including iHeartRadio, Pandora, Spotify, WhatsApp, Google Play Books and Music, per IHS Markit.