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Google Android Heads For Cars

Automaker alliance will let cars be recognized as Android devices, seeks to dim Apple, Microsoft influence in automotive tech.
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Credit: Open Automotive Alliance
Credit: Open Automotive Alliance

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Thomas Claburn
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1/7/2014 | 4:22:44 PM
Re: More distractions for drivers
I think visual instrumentation in cars is going to be replaced by Siri and the like. Hierarchical menus -- a maintain in modern media and car systems -- are just too hard to navigate while driving. Within a few years, I expect we'll have become accustomed to how to talk to our cars. Voice is simply much better for toggling settings than dial-based or slider-based menu navigation.
Marilyn Cohodas
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1/7/2014 | 3:54:46 PM
New Certs for Mechanics?
With all this software integration and connectivity, I wonder if my local mechanic will soon be looking into certification programs. Perhaps they will add a help desk in the garage.
Stratustician
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1/7/2014 | 2:09:39 PM
More distractions for drivers
While I love the idea of having a modern platform in cars (I am still running a modded Windows CE dash system), I wonder if this is going to lead to lots of distracted drivers.  Theoretically consumers will want access to the Google Play store for apps, but then do we really want kids playing angry birds on the car dash?  This means it will really come down to the interface itself and which apps are contained in the specific stores run by the automakers.  

Another question is about how these will connect to the internet.  If you tether with your smartphone, you are looking at additional data plan and battery usage.  If you connect it directly via SIM, then you are looking at a monthly service fee.  In a way it reminds me of a fancy internet radio.
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