Google shares closed in the red in the US Monday, ahead of news that the world’s largest auto alliance, between Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi, will use Android based infotainment systems in all of its cars.
Google already provides the basis for many cars’ connected system, but this will mean up to 10 million additional cars, per year, will feature the Android system as standard.
Google shares ended the US Monday trading session 1.54% lower at $1,159.83. However, the stock is currently in the green in out-of-hours activity.
Google’s auto push
Google’s Android system is already used by a number of car manufacturers, including some of Nissan’s vehicles. Volvo, Peugeot and VW are also among the tech giant’s car manufacturer customers.
However, the Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi alliance is the largest in the world with the group selling over 10 million vehicles in 2017 alone.
The new built-in Android-based infotainment system will feature in all cars built by the three manufacturers from 2021. The three car makers told Reuters the new system will give users:
- Better integration of Google’s maps.
- App store options from the dashboard.
- A voice-activated assistant direct from dashboard.
Google expands Family Link availability
Separately, Google said earlier Tuesday, that after the success of its initial toll out of Family Link, which gives parents more control over their children’s tech usage, the tool will become available to more users in most countries.
In addition, Family Link won’t just be available to monitor tech activities of those under thirteen, it will be available to parents of teenagers, too.
“Family Link helps parents keep an eye on screen time, manage the apps their kids can use, and more,” said Paulo Golgher, Director of Google’s, Kids and Families department. “Over the coming days, we’ll make Family Link available to more families, on more devices, and in nearly every country in the world.”