Google logoGoogle is currently getting ready to integrate a special version of Android to be built straight into vehicles, sources claim, that would let drivers enjoy the full benefits of the Web without the need to plug in their smartphones at all.  After this has been in place for a while, this could benefit all drivers – those with new or recycled cars.

Android M

The plan is a big step up from the current Android Auto software Google uses, which also comes with the most recent version of its phone’s operating system, but requires you to plug in your smartphone in a compatible vehicle with a built-in screen in order to tap into a variety of apps, maps, and streaming music. However, Google itself has never actually given a timeframe or any concrete details concerning its future plan to incorporate Android Auto straight into vehicles. They are, however, planning to move forward once their next operating system rolls out. Referred to as Android M, it’s expected to debut in about a year according to a few people who are supposedly in the know.

If Google can pull it off, Android would ultimately become the primary system that powers a vehicle’s navigation and entertainment features, which would solidify their position in a new and innovative market where it will give its arch-rival Apple a run for its money. Potentially, Google could mine the valuable plethora of data that a vehicle gathers. By directly incorporating the system into automobiles, it will ensure that the drivers will employ Google’s services each and every time they turn on the car, without the need to plug in their smartphone. It could easily enable Google to make better use of a vehicle’s fuel gauge, sensors, cameras, and Internet connections that already come standard with a few of the newer vehicle models.

Why the car is a perfect place for the internet

Presently, technology-driven companies are scrambling to design wristwatches, appliances, and other tech-savvy gadgets that connect to the Web. Since Americans spend almost 50 minutes a day on average commuting to and from work, vehicles are an especially viable target. Other Google Connections For example, by incorporating Android straight into a vehicle, Google’s services would never be in danger of getting turned off if the battery of a smartphone ever lost power. Furthermore, Google’s software could also possibly be connected with other components of the vehicle, which would allow a built-in navigation system such as Google Maps to accurately detect the car’s fuel level when it runs low and offer directions to the nearest fuel pump. By integrating its software into the components of the automobile, Google could potentially gain a great deal of valuable information that would feed its data-driven marketing business model.

Google would have direct access to the information regarding your GPS location, where you’re traveling to and stopping at everyday, your fuel level, where you pump your gas, and even how fast you generally drive your car. However, Android would require some major improvements overall in terms of stability and performance in order for car manufacturers to implement it. For example, Android Auto would have to immediately power-up once the car is turned on rather than having the driver wait 30 seconds or longer. On the other hand, car manufacturers may also be somewhat wary of letting Google have that much access to built-in car components, which may raise certain liability and safety concerns in the end.