Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Google announce that they are going to Collaborate on a Uconnect System Concept Powered by Android. FCA said in an announcement that the companies are going to demonstrate a seamless integration of the Uconnect 8.4-inch connected vehicle system that features Android.
The companies plan to display the system in a Chrysler 300 at CES, Jan 5-8. “This collaboration with Google has been an extremely beneficial opportunity for both companies to explore how in-vehicle infotainment and connectivity technology continues to evolve, and what it takes to meet consumers’ increasing desire for innovation of information with minimal distraction,” says Chris Barman, Head of Electrical Engineering, FCA
The Uconnect and Android integration was built exclusively for connectivity and it is going to be compatible with mainstream Android applications. The CES display will demonstrate a “seamless integration” with Google Assistant, Google Maps and popular Android apps like Pandora, Spotify, NPR One and Pocket Casts.
“Google is committed to building Android as a turn-key automotive platform that integrates deeply with the vehicle in a safe and seamless way,” said Patrick Brady, Director of Android Engineering, Google. “This collaboration with FCA brings together the industry standard for connected car systems with Android to create powerful infotainment systems designed for the digital age.”
Engadget reports that Fiat Chrysler has been keeping up with the Joneses through support for tech like Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, However, it is not as good as Tesla or Ford. But with Android which comes with a solid framework and is designed for internet tie-ins FAC is slowly catching up in the race.