Earlier this week Volvo announced that it is working with Google to create a new Android based infotainment system for its future models and now Audi is showing off its similar tech. The Q8 Sport concept that Audi unveiled earlier this year features an Android infotainment system that includes features like, Google Play Music and Google Assistant.
Today Audi is taking part in the Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, CA, where it is presenting its concept of a next generation infotainment system with fully integrated Android. The Google Android based system information is visible in the Audi virtual cockpit in the driver’s direct field of view. This marks the first time the new services have been fully integrated into Audi’s infotainment system. While the navigation map continues to use the Audi-typical HERE database, the driver can also choose to navigate with Google Maps.
Audi chose to use an Android based infotainment system, since the Android community’s immense breadth of expertise and creativity can speed up the development of new applications. For example new apps can quickly find their way into the cars as additional connected services if they fulfill the requirements of Google and Audi. Other customer advantages alongside shorter update cycles include a significantly greater diversity of services as well as broad international availability.
Volvo expects to have its Android system in a production car within the next two years, but Audi hasn’t formally announced when its system will be available.