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The forthcoming connectivity system is expected to offer a catalog of apps, developed by either Google, Volvo, or other third party companies.

Perhaps most importantly, unlike Android Auto before it, the new versions of Android coming to Audi and Volvo cars will not require an Android phone to be connected to them to operate, because the platform is a fully baked version of Android. The final product, according to TechCrunch, goes beyond entertainment and navigation to assist passengers and drivers in controlling the windows, AC, sunroof, and more through built-in Android. But by bringing Google Assistant to iOS, Google could potentially expand its reach into the huge base of iPhone users and expose them to the Google ecosystem. The operating system would display things like vehicle speed, engine speed and system status' through the instrument cluster, and interface with seat, calling, audio and temperature controls. Once Google makes the Android platform as secure as iOS, we could then look at a auto with complete Android functionalities.

Google's I/O conference is seen as the ideal venue for the announcement since the SDK (software development kit) for Assistant has already been made available to developers last month. It may be announced as soon as this week at Google's I/O developer conference.

Volvo R&D boss Henrik Green commented that the move allows for more personalisation options and "increased flexibility from a development perspective".

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Instead of using a smartphone to interact with the vehicle, now the Android Auto software from Google will be intrinsically built into the very structure of the cars.

Along with the Android project, Volvo and Google will also collaborate to update previous Volvo models by adding Google's Local Search location-based app to their systems. Whereas users now project car-specific versions of apps to a dashboard running other software; full Android integration will allow Android to independently power he entire system.

More details on the technology and partnership will be revealed at Google's annual tech show on May 17.

They add that it's expected to roll out to the USA first, before expanding to other markets.


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