The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance recently announced a partnership with Google to embed the Android operating system into the their future vehicles and is expected to be rolled out by 2021. With it, brand new vehicles sold by Alliance members and their sub-brands will be using the Android-based infotainment system in the near future . The new smart infotaintment integrates most of the Android features we see in smartphones today.

“With the integration of the Android platform into our infotainment systems, we are adding a new level of intelligence to our connected vehicles,” says Kal Mos, global vice president of Alliance Connected Vehicles at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi.

Future cars fitted with the upcoming infotainment system will have access to numerous apps such as Google Maps, which provides a more accurate turn-by-turn navigation. Owners will also have access to Google Assitant, which allows them to access numerous functions simply by using their voice. They can also download other new apps from the Google Play Store.

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“In the future, the Google Assistant, which employs Google’s leading AI technology, can become the main way customers interact with their vehicles, hands-free. With Google Maps and the Google Assistant embedded in Alliance infotainment systems, our customers will have some of the most advanced AI based applications at their fingertips,” added Mos.

Together with their partnership with Google, it also allows the Alliance to further integrate their cloud-based system. Called the Alliance Intelligence Cloud, it will provide the next-generation infotainment systems with secure data management, over-the-air upgrades and even remote diagnostics. It will also help ensure that the Android-based infotainment system will stay up to date.

While the system will be running on and Android OS, the Alliance says that it will also be comaptible for devices running other operating systems such as Apple iOS (Apple CarPlay).