Fiat Chrysler in association with Google has some big announcements to make.
Uconnect, an Android powered autonomous driving system will be revealed at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show.
Creating connected cars is becoming mandatory for everyone automobile manufacturer. In order to make it possible, they need a universally accepted platform that would work with all models and other manufacturers. Android is an obvious choice in this regard as there are countries that don’t use Apple iOS but Google’s operating system is the most used OS around the globe.
The Uconnect infotainment connected system will use Android OS in its 8.4-inch touchscreen setup. People will be able to swipe through apps and other content as they would do on any tablet. Google has promised that they will deliver fully customized interface with large icons and brand new UI for Fiat Chrysler cars. They will not only introduce this new operating system version for vehicles but the user can customize it as they need, stack content on the infotainment system and use a wide range official apps while on the move.
“With this collaboration, Fiat Chrysler cars will make the best use of Google technology to deliver customers what they need. They are always looking out for new ways to connect without having to take their eyes off the road. The power of the Android ecosystem when used with next generation connected cars bring the best out,” read an official note.
Google will roll out Android Nougat 7.0 the latest operating system version for the Uconnect infotainment system. It includes specific features like comfort controls and radio. The entire setup is designed around connectivity and will seamlessly work with a wide range of apps that are already available. During the CES 2017 demonstration, the Fiat Chrysler and Google team will demo apps like Pandora, Pocket Casts, Spotify and NPR One on specific models., according to a post on the FCA website.
Google already has Android Auto which is rivalled by AppleCar connected system. It might take a couple of years for these companies to find their respective positions in the automobile market, as they have already done in the smartphone scenario. Many other automobile manufacturers are expected to adopt this technology as it is the key to making vehicles fully connected and autonomous in the next five years or so. An Unified Platform is mandatory to overcome software hassles and make self-driving possible for the mainstream customer.