Yesterday, it was a great and prestigious day for Indian AutoMobile Industries when Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, India’s top-selling utility vehicle (SUV) maker, plans to offer Google Inc’s Android Auto technology in its vehicles. Mahindra has announced that their XUV 500 and Scorpio SUVs will now be powered with Android Auto.
Pravin Shah, President and Chief Executive (Automotive), Mahindra & Mahindra, said, “We are happy to be part of the OAA and being the first Indian OEM to be part of this prestigious global alliance, it is indeed a moment we are proud of.” at the Google I/O event in San Francisco.
Mahindra & Mahindra will be the first Indian Company to join the OAA i.e. Open Automotive Alliance, a global group of automakers and technology companies working to bringing the Android platform to cars. Other Automobile manufacturers who have planned to build Android Auto platform in their cars are, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jeep, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Volkswagen, Volvo etc.
This Android Auto allows users to perform various actions in their phone without touching the phone. You can receive calls, listen to music, change track, and adjust the volume without removing hands from steering wheel as android auto supports the steering wheel control.
Android Auto, an extension of Google’s smart phone operating system, is expected to make driving safer and easier by allowing drivers to access applications like maps through voice command or by using controls on the steering wheel. Hyundai has become the first automaker to integrate Android Auto in their cars, as they recently announced that their new Sonata model will be powered with this new OS.
The Android Auto is expected to be one of the best upcoming technologies from Google and it will surely revolutionize the Auto Industry by adding the latest innovative technology in it. Do let us know your opinion on the Android Auto and its arrival in India by featuring on Mahindra XUV 500 & Scorpio.
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