Apple’s CarPlay in car infotainment system, launched back in March at the Geneva auto show, will soon be getting some competition from Google. Google’s infotainment system, known as Google Auto Link internally, will be launched later this month.
Google has yet to really give any details on the systems interface or which automaker will be the first to use it. Google Auto Link will however, be the first product to come from the Open Automotive Alliance, which is led by Google and also includes Audi AG, GM, Honda Motor Co., Hyundai and chipmaker NVIDIA Corp. In January, when the Alliance was announced, the group said it would bring the Android OS to cars ‘starting in 2014.’ Apple’s CarPlay on the other hand, has an interface that resembles an iPhone’s. Utilizing a touch screen it can handle several in-car functions, while also letting users run certain phone apps while in the vehicle. CarPlay will be available from Ferrari, Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz, just to name a few.
Look for more details near the end of June, when Google plans to reveal it’s system at their annual technology conference.