Audi showcases Android integrated infotainment system at Google I/O 2017

Audi's latest android based infotainment concept opens the door for rapid development for Android integration into automobiles

By: | Updated: May 18, 2017 12:11 PM

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Being one of the few Automotive companies to participate in the Google I/O developer conference 2017 ( May 17-19), Audi, will showcase the concept for their next generation infotainment system fully integrated with Android.
Google’s annual I/O conference, at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California, is considered to be the largest and most important developer conference in the global software industry.

One of the exhibits that best interests us at the conference features Android as a seamless solution integrated for in-car infotainment.  The platform is being developed currently by the Android Open Source Community and it's million strong global forum of developers.
On the other hand,  the Audi Q8 Sport Concept technology platform -- which is Audi's offering at the I/O-- already has android on board. The new platform will include a host of android compatible applications such as Spotify, Google Play, and Google Assistant, all run through a large MMI touch display at the center of the dashboard. The information will also be displayed in the Audi virtual cockpit, which is directly in the driver's field of view.

This association with google is a significant milestone, as it will be the first time that Audi will have new services on their usually brand specific infotainment system. While the navigation system will continue to use, Audi's HERE database, the driver can also choose to navigate through Google Maps.

What sets this apart from your run of the mill updated infotainment system is that seamless android integration harbors tremendous potential. Android is the world's most popular most popular mobile platform with 1.4 billion users across the globe. This means that the open Android community of developers and the length and breadth of their expertise can accelerate the R&D of the new applications exponentially.