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Google to show Auto Link OS for cars at I/O next week – report

To be demonstrated next week at Google I/O, Google Auto Link will let drivers interact and control their Android smartphones using the car’s own screen and controls.
June 18, 2014
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As part of the Open Automotive Alliance launched at CES in January, Google is working with some of the world’s largest automakers, including Audi, GM, and Honda, to bring Android to the car by the end of the year.

If a report from Autonews is accurate, we might get to see the first fruit of the OAA initiative next week at the Google I/O conference. Citing three sources familiar with the matter, the website reports that the Android-based operating system for cars is known inside Google as Auto Link, though it’s not clear if the project will launch under this name.

Google Auto Link is not an embedded OS, like we’ve seen in the past on infotainment systems from various manufacturers. Rather, Auto Link will be a “projected” system, says the report, offering a way for drivers to interact and control their Android smartphones using the car’s own screen and controls.

Google auto partners include Audi, Honda, GM, Hyundai, Mercedes, and more

This isn’t the first time we hear about a “projected” system in relation to Google’s automotive initiative. In early March, a job listing by German auto giant Daimler mentioned “Google Projected Mode” as the technology that would enable the car to “seamlessly integrate” with the driver’s smartphone.

Google seems to be opting for a lightweight system that relies primarily on the tethered smartphone, instead of going for a full embedded system, similar to Apple’s own initiative, CarPlay.

Google will demonstrate Auto Link next week at I/O, says Autonews, but will not reveal which car models will be the first to use the technology.

With a full Android Wear unveiling expected, and the possible launch of Android TV, Google I/O 2014 is shaping up to be a major milestone in the company’s plans to expand Android beyond mobile.