Nissan and its partners, Renault and Mitsubishi, have turned to Google for help in developing a brand-new infotainment system. The yet-unnamed software will begin booting up in dashboards all around the world in 2021 and help the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance reach its goal of building more connected vehicles by 2022.
Based on Android, the infotainment system will include an array of services that include Google Maps, Google Assistant and the Google Play Store. Moreover, the services will be combined with Alliance Intelligent Cloud based remote software upgrades and vehicle diagnostics.
The Alliance’s next infotainment system will be compatible with a new, Tesla-style over-the-air updating system from the get-go. Customers will be able to receive the latest versions of the infotainment system by simply tapping the screen a few times, just like they do on a smartphone. They might also have the ability to unlock new features, like more range in an electric car or a driver-assist function. Accessing the car’s data through the cloud will allow service centers to diagnose problems remotely.
Kal Mos, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi’s global vice president of connected vehicles, said in a statement:
“With the integration of the Android platform into our infotainment systems, we are adding a new level of intelligence to our connected vehicles. In the future, the Google Assistant, which employs Google’s leading A.I. 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 A.I.-based applications at their fingertips.”
Hadi Zablit, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, commented:
“Our partnership with Google will offer owners of our vehicles rich user experiences that are currently available only outside the vehicle or, to a limited extent, by connecting an Android device to supported vehicles. We are building powerful connected and seamless on-board / off-board experiences into our vehicles in addition to the features of Google applications and services that many users are accustomed to, including Google Maps, the Google Assistant and the Google Play Store.”
As part of larger plans, the alliance is also working on the launch of 12 new zero-emission electric vehicles, new autonomous-driving technologies and the ongoing rollout of the Alliance Intelligent Cloud.