The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google and Audi are set to announce a partnership at the upcoming Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week. Apple had already made a similar announcement with support from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, and General Motors. The Google/Audi announcement is also said to include hardware manufacturer nVidia, who will likely be providing the chipset for the in-car device.
It isn’t hard to imagine scenarios when an integrated Android or iOS system would be useful in a car. Rather than having to connect your device via Bluetooth and then using the device to navigate your media, you could simply have Google Play Music and the Cloud integrated right into your car’s audio system. It sounds like the next step up from systems like Ford’s Sync. Instead of making phones and car work together seamlessly, Google and Apple seem to be planning on making the car just another device connected to their network.
Do you want Android integrated into your car? Or perhaps more importantly, do you want other drivers to have Android integrated into their cars? How would the ability to install Custom ROMs and/or connect with Google Glass impact that?
More information and official announcements should be coming January 7th the opening day of CES 2014.