Fiat Chrysler and Google have partnered to present a new Android-powered version of its UConnect infotainment system at CES 2017.
FCA says it is “in collaboration with Google regarding the next-generation connected car systems,” that will be “enabled by the power of an open platform and ecosystem of Android.” The two companies’ new Android-powered UConnect system will be available for demo at CES inside a 2017-model year Chrysler 300 sedan.
“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,” Chris Barman, Head of Electrical Engineering at FCA, said in a statement, “With Android, we are able to maintain our unique and intuitive Uconnect user interface, all while integrating our easy-to-use systems with Android’s features and ecosystem of applications.”
Android UConnect uses the latest Android operating system, Android 7.0 Nougat, and is compatible with a suite of popular Android applications such as Google Assistant, Google Maps, Pandora, Spotify, NPR One and Pocket Casts. The system is the result of Google’s new found interest in car technologies and signals the eventual arrival of a more advanced system of its type.
“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 Google’s director of Android engineering, Patrick Brady. “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.”
FCA and Google’s Android UConnect system will be available for demo at CES 2017 from January 5th through to January 8th.