Google is at it again. With the launch of the Roewe 350 next April, Google’s Android mobile operating system will be in a car near you very soon.
The Roewe vehicles are Chinese luxury cars made by SAIC (Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation). The car uses technology purchased from British company MG Rover, which has been previously owned by BMW in the past.
Google’s Android 2.1 version is the same that Google used in the Nexus One and Motorola Droid will be installed in the vehicle’s GPS computer. With the software in the system, you can use the computer for directions and traffic reports just as you can with many other GPS devices like On-Star. However, of course, Google would not be this vanilla; you can also surf the web and engage in some form of Internet chatting.
There is no definite word on whether or not you will be able to install apps from Android Market yet. We also do not know how the device connects to the Internet. The car will cot between 70,000 and 130,000 yuan, or about $10,250-$19,000.
With the launch of Siri in Apple’s iPhone 4S, you can see that Apple is dominating the cell phone industry. Nevertheless, Google is everywhere, and now with this technology in cars they will remain a top technology industry. There are not many industries that Google does not develop in; it is in Internet, Television, Mobile, and now Cars.