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Deciphering Google's automotive Android plan

Deciphering Google's automotive Android plan

Posted Jan 8, 2014 19:05 UTC (Wed) by alison (subscriber, #63752)
Parent article: Deciphering Google's automotive Android plan

My read is that the era of BYOD tethering with the head unit is coming to an end. Automakers will allow passengers and stationary drivers to use a tablet or handset to control the "infotainment," but in the future, they plan to provide that handheld device. They will prevent BYOD's from connecting and try to force car users to adopt their hardware solution and use their services, which may be Google services explicitly or as white-label.

In the coming era of shared city cars, the model makes some sense. Why not make the head unit a kiosk, with an OEM-provided remote to control it? That's how consumer electronics works, and cars are now consumer electronics whether we like it or not.

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