GM Making Android-based Infotainment System

General Motors is planning of releasing a full-fledged Android infotainment system in 2016.

Despite partnering with Google with their Android Auto and rival Apple for their competing CarPlay, GM teamed up with Harman International to develop their own system.

The $900 million deal will put a version of Google’s Android operating system on the dash of many GM vehicles. The Big advantage of such a system is that it will be easily updated, yet won’t rely on a smart phone for key functions. This will allow the car’s infotainment system to remain technologically relevant throughout its lifespan.

This announcement comes only about 10 months after Harman revealed plans to market OEM infotainment upgrades and streaming services through automakers, car dealers and aftermarket retailers.

A car even three years old will have an antiquated infotainment system. Harman see potential to sell 4G/LTE-connected head-unit upgrades for systems already on the road. This means you could buy a new car today and not have to wait until 2016 for an advanced infotainment system.

What do you think about GM’s plan to bring Android to its vehicles? What about swapping your old Harman head-up for a new one?

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