Ford teams up with Google to develop new technology for infotainment systems and connectivity.
The Volvo and the electric car brand Polestar are already using Google’s Android Automotive operating system in their cars. The idea is that the car manufacturers should be able to concentrate on developing the car itself, and not the basic technology in the car’s infotainment system.
But Volvo and Polestar are not the only carmakers to switch to Google’s technology. Opel, Citroën and Peugeot are also among the car giants that are on the same path.
Now Ford is also announcing a collaboration with Google where the plan is to develop a better user experience for connected cars.
By 2023, all-new Ford models, regardless of the price will have an infotainment system developed with Android technology from Google.
Ford will also use Google’s cloud services to store data and use so-called machine learning and artificial intelligence to make the driving experience better.
In two years, all new Ford models, regardless of price, will have infotainment systems developed with Google
This is what the infotainment system in Polestar 2 looks like, which is based on Google’s technology, but how the system is designed and engineered for the user is entirely up to the car manufacturer, so Ford’s system will not look like this.
Google’s infotainment system supports software updates online so that the car owner does not have to go to the workshop and it is also possible to download various apps for, for example, parking or music, just like in a mobile phone.
Ford’s own infotainment system ”Sync” received harsh criticism when it was launched a few years ago, but it has improved considerably since then and is now often praised for being easy to use.
Many car manufacturers have so far been reluctant to use infotainment technology from subcontractors such as Google for fear of having to send car data to Google. How it will work in the collaboration between Google and Ford is not still official.