Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Google have formed a technology partnership to embed the Android operating system in vehicles for infotainment and consumer apps.
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi last year sold 10.6 million vehicles in 200 markets, and under the new agreement, plan to put Android into multiple car models and brands starting from 2021.
Under the technology partnership, vehicles will utilize Android for navigation using Google Maps; automotive apps will be available from the Google Play Store and Google Assistant will be built-in to vehicles to provide functions such call answering, control media, finding information, and managing vehicle functions with voice.
Each brand will have the flexibility to create a unique customer interface and specific features on top of the common Android platform.
The auto manufacturers also plan to launch 12 new zero-emission electric vehicles, new autonomous-driving technologies and to continue with the rollout of the Alliance Intelligent Cloud.
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 in Alliance member-company vehicles.
By combining the latest technologies from the Alliance and Google, the Alliance member companies' vehicles will have one of the most intelligent infotainment systems in the market.
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. 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.
Hadi Zablit, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, said: "Our partnership with Google will offer owners of our vehicles rich user experiences that are currently available only outside the vehicle or, to a limited extent, by connecting an Android device to supported vehicles. We are building powerful connected and seamless on-board / off-board experiences into our vehicles in addition to the features of Google applications and services that many users are accustomed to, including Google Maps, the Google Assistant and the Google Play Store."
Kal Mos, Global Vice President of Alliance Connected Vehicles at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, added: "With the integration of the Android platform into our infotainment systems, we are adding a new level of intelligence to our connected vehicles. In the future, the Google Assistant, which employs Google's leading AI technology, can become the main way customers interact with their vehicles, hands-free. With Google Maps and the Google Assistant embedded in Alliance infotainment systems, our customers will have some of the most advanced AI based applications at their fingertips. And with in-vehicle access to the Google Play Store, our customers will enjoy an open and secure ecosystem of Android apps engineered for vehicles."
Hiroshi Lockheimer, Senior Vice President of Platforms & Ecosystems at Google, said: "Google and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi share a common vision of delivering an intelligent, safe and seamless in-car experience with apps and services that are familiar, upgradable and connected. We're thrilled to partner with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi to bring the Google Assistant, Google Maps, and other popular apps via the Play Store and Android to drivers and passengers around the world."