Volkswagen’s premium brand Audi Ag and Google are expected to announce their collaboration to develop In-Car Infotainment Systems based on the Android mobile operating system, Wall Street Journal reports citing two people familiar with the matter.
The official announcement is expected to be made next week in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show.
The announcement comes just months after Apple said is working close with automakers on a new platform that will mirror your iPhone your in-car display.
The main difference between Apple’s system and Google is that Google plans to run Android apps on the car’s own hardware – access real time navigation apps like Waze, online music and many other apps that are available at this moment on Google Play.
“The car is becoming the ultimate mobile device,” Thilo Koslowski, an analyst at the research firm Gartner Inc. IT.
The announcement comes just days after Audi officially announced that will invest about $30 billion over the next five year in increasing production capacity and research and development programs; the largest investment in in the company’s history.
Basically Audi plans to surpass BMW for top luxury auto maker by the end of the 2020.
Globally, Audi employs about 70,000 workers and has already announced that plans to equip a series of models with fourth-generation cellular chips to connect to the internet without requiring a smartphone connection.