Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi to launch Google-developed infotainment in 2021

Doris Richards
September 19, 2018

The deal with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance sees Google working with a group of companies which sold over 10 million vehicles in 200 markets around the world.

Despite the link with Google and Android, the system will be compatible with other operating systems, most notably Apple's iOS software.

Drivers will also have access to the artificial intelligence-powered Google Assistant, while they will be able to download applications from the Google Play Store.

Automakers had been wary of working with tech companies on computer systems that run navigation, entertainment and communication operations in their vehicles, preferring instead to develop their own. Despite that concern, some automakers such as Honda, Volvo, and Audi, have embraced Google's services with Honda's current lineup, in particular, already using Android (albeit dated).

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The displays will offer better integration of Google's maps, app store and voice-activated assistant from auto dashboards, and they'll start appearing in 2021.

Drivers, meanwhile, will be able to use the same apps and tools they have on their smartphones.

- A planned launch of a dozen new zero-emission electric vehicles. Part of the so-called Alliance 2022 mid-term plan, it's picks up the reins of the automaker's pledge to make more of cloud-based services and outfit more cars with live connectivity. Importantly, this won't just be an Android head-unit grafted into cars.

The partnership with Google, beyond establishing a different dynamic between the company and the automotive industry, is also symbolic of shifts of power sharing that are occurring in the industry itself. It's among the top three automakers in the world.

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