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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance joins forces with Google put Android into vehicles

Tyrone Stewart

Renault R-LinkRenault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the largest auto alliance in the world in terms of vehicle sales, is partnering with Google to bring Android-powered infotainment systems and applications to vehicles sold by the alliance.

From 2021, vehicles from the members of the alliance will start to benefit from navigation provided by Google Maps, access to automotive apps on Google Play, and the ability to answer calls and texts, control media, find information, and manage vehicle functions using voice through Google Assistant.

Though each of Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi will share the Android platform, each brand will have control over the creation of a unique customer interface and specific features catered to their vehicle owners.

“Our partnership with Google will offer owners of our vehicles rich user experiences that are currently available only outside the vehicle or, to a limited extent, by connecting an Android device to supported vehicles,” said Hadi Zablit, SVP of business development at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi. “We are building powerful connected and seamless on-board / off-board experiences into our vehicles in addition to the features of Google applications and services that many users are accustomed to, including Google Maps, the Google Assistant and the Google Play Store.”

The deal with Google is part of the alliance’s plans to bring connectivity and cloud-based services to more vehicles by 2022. The plans also include the launch 12 new zero-emission electric vehicles, new autonomous driving technologies, and the ongoing rollout of the Alliance Intelligent Cloud.