Mahindra has become the first Indian car maker to become a member of the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) and will offer Android Auto in the XUV500, Scorpio and its other upcoming cars.
Mahindra at the Google I/O, which is Google’s developer conference held in San Francisco recently announced that it has become a member of the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA). The OAA is a global alliance of vehicle manufacturers with leading edge technology, committed to bringing the Android platform to cars. Mahindra has become the first and only Indian automobile company to become a member of the OAA while Hyundai is the first company to offer Android Auto with the 2015 Sonata.
Mahindra has been packing its range of vehicles in the Indian car market with loads of features, the best of which can be seen in the recently launched XUV500 facelift. The company has always been one of the best in automotive electronics, having many industry-first and innovative technologies to its credit. With the recent association with OAA and Google, Mahindra is looking forward to offer its vehicles and provide customers with the next level of connectivity through Android Auto. Android Auto extends the Android platform into the car in a way that is purpose-built for driving. The technology helps in linking the owner’s smartphone and tablet with the infotainment system in the vehicle.
Android Auto has specifically been designed to provide an easier and safer access to information which the driver may require while driving the car. An example of the same is voice connectivity combined with integrated steering mounted controls. Android Auto with its simple, intuitive interfaces and voice actions will definitely enhance driving experience altogether across various domains including connectivity, safety and comfort.
The Nashik based car manufacturer has promised that Android Auto will be offered in the XUV500, Scorpio and other future vehicles. This will enable owners of Mahindra cars gain access to Google Maps, other specially adapted Google Services and third party apps via an infotainment screen through simplified interactions.