Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is apparently in great relationship with Google – with whom they are partnering for the autonomous Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid for the Waymo subsidiary.
And as it turns out the third largest US automaker has decided to hit the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with another Google collaboration – a project for a concept that acts as a preview for the company’s upcoming infotainment system software. The prototype integration will be shown at the CES event in Las Vegas – a Chrysler 300 has been refitted with a different version of the 8.4-inch Uconnect display – this time the system being based on the Google Android 7.0 Nougat. FCA added the current Uconnect infotainment system’s feel and functionality would be retained, but with the added bonus of integrating features and apps available for Android devices. The Android open-source operating system is the dominant element for tablets and smartphones – and might look to become relevant in the auto world as well.
The prototype at CES will demonstrate how the system can control traditional things such as climate control and the radio, and then allowing full functionality with apps such as Google Maps, Pandora, Spotify, NPR One, Pocket Casts, and Google Assistant. “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,” commented Chris Barman, FCA head of electrical engineering.