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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Google collaborate to develop next-gen infotainment system

September 19, 2018, 05:09 PM IST by Nikhil Puthran
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Google collaborate to develop next-gen infotainment system

- Android-based next-generation infotainment system
- An array of services include Google Maps, Google Assistant and the Google Play Store
- Intelligent infotainment and customer focused-applications scheduled to start from 2021

One of the world’s leading automotive alliance has signed a global multiyear agreement to partner with Google to equip Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi vehicles with intelligent infotainment systems from 2021. Based on Android, the infotainment system will include an array of services that include Google Maps, Google Assistant and the Google Play Store. Moreover, the services will be combined with Alliance Intelligent Cloud based remote software upgrades and vehicle diagnostics.

The next-gen infotainment system with Android will offer turn-by-turn navigation with Google Maps, access to a rich ecosystem of automotive apps on the Google Play Store and have the ability to answer calls and texts, control media, find information, and manage vehicle functions with voice using the built-in Google Assistant.  The infotainment partnership forms part of the Alliance’s move to equip more vehicles with connectivity and cloud-based services as part of its Alliance 2022 mid-term plan. Interestingly, the latest development announcement coincides with the first anniversary of the mid-term plan and also symbolizes the Alliance focus on next-generation technology.

As part of larger plans, the alliance is also working on the launch of 12 new zero-emission electric vehicles, new autonomous-driving technologies and the ongoing rollout of the Alliance Intelligent Cloud. Speaking on the occasion, 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.”

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