Skip to main content
  1. Tech
  2. Gadgets & Tech
  3. Tech Gear

In 2014, the Android - iOS war will be coming to a car near you

See also

If you think Apple is too far ahead of Google in terms of car technology -- and based on how well iOS integrates with current in-dash tech, it's a common perception -- that may not be the case, after all. On Monday, Google announced the Open Automotive Alliance, a "global alliance of technology and auto industry leaders committed to bringing the Android platform to cars starting in 2014."

At the time of launch, the members of the OAA include GM, Audio, Hyundai, Honda, NVIDIA and, of course, Google.

This places Android and iOS at odds again. Last June, when it unveiled iOS 7, Apple announced an upcoming iOS feature it dubbed iOS in the Car. iDevice users will be able to connect their devices to compatible in-car dashboard systems and go far further than can currently be done, including accessing maps, the phone, messaging, music (natch) and even more.

These features have not yet been released, but Apple says they're "coming soon" and developers are currently working with iOS 7.1 beta builds, which could be the release to include the functionality. During its iOS in the Car unveiling, Apple announced the following automotive partners that are already known to be committed to offering iOS in the Car support: Honda; Mercedes-Benz; Nissan; Ferrari; Infiniti; Kia; Hyundai; Volvo; Acura; Jaguar; Opel; and Chevrolet.

It's interesting that Honda and Chevrolet (a GM division) appear to be willing to support both platforms.

While iOS in the Car has not yet reached fruition, manufacturers are not waiting to introduce features tied to the world's best-selling single handset. For example, Chevrolet's Sonic and Spark models both offer Siri Eyes Free, which allows drivers to push a button on their steering wheels to access some iOS-based voice commands.

Working with Google might give these partners a leg up on those who work with Apple. After all, Android is open-source and that could mean direct integration of Android into in-car systems.

All this integration means more distraction for drivers, though, and although neither the DOT or the NHTSA has made any explicit moves, the U.S. has recommended a curb on in-car -- and in-motion -- distractions.

Advertisement

Don't Miss

  • Unity
    'Assassin's Creed Unity' preview: Ubisoft comes home to its urban origins
    Games Preview
  • Smart vending machine
    This smart vending machine will recommend drinks for you based on your gender and age
    Video
    Tech Buzz
  • Destiny
    The 'Destiny' beta: 7 things we absolutely love about Bungie's new franchise
    Games Feature
  • Wi-Fi
    Find out how to stretch your Wi-Fi signal where it has never gone before
    Tech Tips
  • Unity Exclusive
    'Assassin's Creed Unity' exclusive: Tell the world, 'I'm coming home'
    Games Interview
  • Gamer ghost
    Gamer finds and plays with ghost of deceased father on a classic game
    Video
    Headlines