Google’s integrated system reaches new cars: these are all models with the evolution of Android Auto that do not need a mobile phone to work
Google has two ways to offer its applications and services in the car. One is Android Auto, well known and that consists of connecting our Android smartphone with the vehicle’s infotainment system and the other is more recent. It is Android Automotive OS, its own integrated system for cars that You do not need the mobile to work, since it is integrated as standard when buying the car.
Its official English name is ‘Google built in’, which translates directly as Google’s integrated system. At the moment only a few vehicles have it available, although Google’s plan is to expand this number, as it will do next year with the incorporation of a new manufacturer announced today.
This is what Google’s integrated system offers for the car and which manufacturers add it in their latest models. An alliance between Google and car manufacturers to go one step further than what we had with Android Auto, which although it was quite useful, had the limitation of having to synchronize it with a smartphone that is not always at hand.
What the Infotainment System with Integrated Google Offers
With this integrated platform from Google, manufacturers can offer a system with internet access, the most used Google applications, use of music such as Spotify and voice commands. It is a system equivalent to Android Auto, but with the addition that being integrated you can better synchronize with in-car functions such as climate control or seat management.
The interface of this Google system can also be modified by the manufacturers themselves, in the same way as mobile brands change the appearance of Android. In the end, the operating system is the same, but the possibilities of brand customization are very high.
Android Automotive OS is still a system relatively new and although Google is working with different car manufacturers, at the moment there is no mass adoption. Partly because it is no longer just a screen that reproduces a system managed by the mobile, but the work must be done beforehand so that the car itself manages all the processes. According to Google data, more than 100 million cars are compatible with Android Auto. Far fewer have this integrated system.
One of the additions of the integrated system is to facilitate the search of charging stations for Google Maps. You can say “Hi Google, find me a charging station” and the map will show all the charging stations compatible with our car, in addition to seeing the type of payment, the speed and if there is a charger available.
Google Maps also adds support for battery thermal management. When we are approaching a charging station, the car will modify the temperature to try to save time.
Which cars have Google OS integrated
The big news announced by Google is the incorporation of the Japanese manufacturer Honda. The two companies have explained their alliance in the creation of services for the connected car; which translates into the arrival of Google integrated into future Honda vehicles.
Starting in 2022, Honda will introduce cars with integrated Google. It will join in this way other brands such as Ford, General Motors, Polestar, Renault and Volvo.
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi group was one of the first to support Google on this platform, although at the moment it has only been announced for the electric Mégane E-Tech. A position similar to that of General Motors and Ford, which report that from 2023 multiple vehicles in their catalog will include it.
Today, only two cars that are already on sale have this new system integrated from Google: the Polestar 2 and the Volvo CX40 Recharge.
- 2020 Polestar 2
- 2021 Volvo XC40 P8
- 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge
- 2022 Chevrolet Silverado
- 2022 GMC Hummer EV
- 2022 Renault Mégane E-TECH Electric
- 2022 Volvo XC60
- 2022 Volvo S90
- 2022 Volvo V90
- 2022 Volvo V90 Cross Country
- 2022 Honda Cars
- 2023 Other Ford cars
- 2023 Other Lincoln Cars (Ford Division)