Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi Link with Google on Infotainment

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is partnering with Google to deploy Android in the infotainment systems of vehicles it produces.

The automakers say they have forged a “technology partnership” with the aim of allowing drivers in-dash access to Google Maps, Play and Assistant in vehicles they manufacture from 2021 onward. However, each of the three marques will be able to customize user experience features to meet their own requirements.

The alliance says the move has been motivated by its ambitions to equip more of its cars “with connectivity and cloud-based services”. It claims it “symbolizes the alliance focus on next-generation technology”. The ambition is for the partnership with Google to lead to combined sales of 14 million cars per year by the end of 2022 across the alliance.

It is also planned for new AV technology and zero-emission EVs to be launched by the automakers under the aegis of the partnership with the Silicon Valley tech giant. The ongoing introduction of the Alliance Intelligent Cloud, which claims to offer “next-generation infotainment systems with secure connectivity”, will also form part of the partnership’s remit.

Commenting on the move, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance senior vice-president of business development Hadi Zablit said it would “offer owners of our vehicles rich user experiences that are currently available only outside the vehicle”. Global vice-president of alliance connected vehicles Kal Mos claimed it would bring “a new level of intelligence to our connected vehicles”.


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