Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) already holds the dominant global position in the smartphone operating system market, and now the parent company of Google has its sights set on car infotainment systems.
As CNET Road Show reports, Android is coming soon to many, many new vehicles courtesy of a partnership with a few foreign automakers:
Google plans to embed Android in millions of cars by partnering with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
The mobile operating system will be used to power media displays in vehicles sold by the alliance, which altogether sells more than any other automaker, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The displays will feature deep integration of Google apps such as Google Maps, its Play Store, and Anroid’s voice-activated assistant. The displays will start showing up in cars beginning in 2021, with sales of more than 14 million units per year pegged for 2022.
Alphabet Inc shares closed at $1,172.12 on Friday, down $19.45 (-1.63%). Year-to-date, Alphabet Inc. - Class A (GOOGL - Get Rating) has gained 11.27%, versus a 10.35% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.