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Google is working with Renault to build a "vehicle of tomorrow"

With Android Auto as its base, the "software-defined vehicle" will benefit from Google's expertise in AI and Cloud computing.

Published onNovember 8, 2022

Android Automotive in a Polestar 2
  • Google and Renault have teamed up to create a new car based on the Android Auto platform.
  • The “software-defined vehicle’ will have a Digital Twin to help it get continuous updates and features.
  • The car will also include personalized features for users.

Google has been trying to get into the automotive space for a while now. It already has its Android Auto operating system running on cars from major manufacturers like Volvo, GM, Honda, and more. But now, it’s teaming up with Renault to actually make a “software-defined” car that the two companies are calling “the vehicle of tomorrow.”

The Pixel line of smartphones is proof that Google’s strength lies in software and AI when it comes to hardware. It looks like the Mountain View company wants to apply the same principles to this new vehicle it’s developing with Renault.

The companies say this new smart vehicle will bring together the best of the automotive and digital worlds. It will build on the existing Android Automotive operating system and Google Cloud technology to enable new on-demand services and continuous upgrades.

The two partners will develop a set of onboard and offboard software components dedicated to the software-defined vehicle (SDV). Google will help create a Digital Twin of the car that’ll feature advanced AI capabilities for easier and continuous integration of features to the actual vehicle.

The car will also include personalized experiences such as tracking driving behaviors, often-used destinations such as EV Charging Stations, and more.

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