According to tech website Android Police, the project is referred to within Google’s walls as 'Gearhead', and the leaked version is a close representation of how the finished product may function.
Google announced its Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) at the start of this year, which had already signed Nvidia, GM, Audi, Honda and Hyundai as partners before Google announced an open invitation for any other carmaker to get on board.
While Android Police’s video (top of page) demonstrates one possible user interface for the Android platform, Google says carmakers will be able to use the operating system with their own user interface.
This means trademark appearances and marketing names (Holden’s My Link, for example) may continue to be spruiked when the Android platform becomes available in dealer showrooms and at this stage, Google is yet to name its new system.
An obvious suggestion is ‘Android In The Car’ to directly counteract Apple’s ‘iOS In The Car’, but following in the footsteps of its rivals is not always Google’s style.
Information about the OAA system beyond the software leaks is unclear, although it’s believed there will be four key menus within the system called Navigation, Music, Telephony and Search.
Icons for each of the key menu options appear across the bottom of the screen and the Google icon appears in the top right. How the driver accesses third party apps which will inevitably be part of any Android system is unclear at this stage.
The system’s displays appear to be remarkably clear and simple, and voice commands are likely to feature heavily in the finished product to the point where Google will read a spoken text message back to the driver, rather than display the words on the screen, before sending.
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