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Fiat Chrysler, Google bring Android in a car

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Google are in collaboration regarding the next-generation connected car systems enabled by Android, the world’s most popular open-source operating system. 

In his regard, both have demonstrated a seamless integration of the award-winning Uconnect 8.4-inch connected vehicle system featuring Android, the world’s most popular open-source operating system.

The collaboration focuses on the next generation of connected car systems using the Android open-source platform. Android offers automakers user interface customization, a full-featured automotive infotainment stack and the ability to integrate Android apps into the vehicle’s infotainment system

A hands-on concept demonstration of the power of combining Uconnect with Android is on display inside a Chrysler 300 sedan at the CES 207 being held in Las Vegas.

“This collaboration with Google has been an extremely beneficial opportunity for both companies to explore how in-vehicle infotainment and connectivity technology continues to evolve, and what it takes to meet consumers’ increasing desire for innovation of information with minimal distraction,” says Chris Barman, Head of Electrical Engineering, FCA.

“With Android, we are able to maintain our unique and intuitive Uconnect user interface, all while integrating our easy-to-use systems with Android’s features and ecosystem of applications.”

CES 2017 attendees can get one-on-one demonstrations of the Uconnect system powered by the latest version of Android, 7.0 Nougat, which includes core infotainment features such as radio and comfort controls.

The Uconnect and Android integration also enable a system that is built for connectivity and compatibility with the universe of popular Android applications.

The demonstration will show a seamless integration with Google Assistant, Google Maps and popular Android apps like Pandora, Spotify, NPR One and Pocket Casts.

“Google is committed to building Android as a turn-key automotive platform that integrates deeply with the vehicle in a safe and seamless way,” said Patrick Brady, Director of Android Engineering Google.

“This collaboration with FCA brings together the industry standard for connected car systems with Android to create powerful infotainment systems designed for the digital age.”

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