According to a report by Automotive News, General Motors will be using Android Auto in their vehicles by 2016. This is according to a statement by Harman CEO Dinesh Paliwal after his company secured a $900-million contract to supply cutting-edge infotainment to the automaker.
“As you would expect, this next-generation infotainment solution will enable an app store, which allows this infotainment system to stay technologically relevant over the life cycle of the vehicle. Apps will be developed by General Motors, Harman and a bunch of other third parties, not just Google and Apple,” said Paliwal.
Harman International, to ensure that the Android Auto system is truly compatible and works seamlessly with GM vehicles, is working with Google every step of the way.
GM currently uses a wide variety of operating systems including Apple’s Siri, QNX, Linux and Microsoft in several models across their product lineup. There is no official statement yet as to which model will get Android Auto first.
General Motors is part of Open Automotive Alliance, which is made up of automakers and leaders in the technology frontier working together to deliver Android Auto into the vehicles of the future.