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The rise of the Android-powered car – The Verge

Google’s thesis to the automotive industry came packaged in a red glinting Maserati Ghibli.

The luxury sedan, parked outside last year’s Google I/O developer conference, might have looked like just another sports car — a ubiquitous sight in Silicon Valley. But what was inside captured the interest of automakers. And now, some automakers are buying into what they found, despite long-held fears of giving up too much control to outsiders like Google.

“The traction we’re seeing in the car space is just ridiculous,” Patrick Brady, vice president of engineering for Android, told The Verge. “It’s surprising even to us and has caught us off guard.”

Last year, Google introduced a new version of Android, the mobile operating system designed for smartphones and tablets. Google tweaked Android so automakers could use it to run the infotainment system in cars, as well as functions like heating and cooling, opening and closing the windows, and even the instrument cluster where drivers find the speedometer and fuel gauge



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