Android and MirrorLink wrestle for control of connected car
I’ve been trying to keep an eye on in-car infotainment systems, so I spotted a piece by Eric Lai on the topic. He covers a symposium held recently on SAP’s Palo Alto campus – “Charged: Electric Vehicle Symposium Silicon Valley”.
Basically, the current market for car telematics is very fragmented, with Apple entering the fray. Android’s role, at the moment, seems to be part of the MirrorLink system (backed by the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC))…
Eric Lai surveys the current system, and finds reasons why no one system is just about to emerge, Android or no. He writes:
The good news: carmakers are eager to garner more apps. You have Nissan, which is introducing the 8th generation of its NissanConnect system that includes integration with Google local search and Pandora music. Or BMW, which is working with developers on 100 apps today for its car computing platform, according to Andreas Winckler, a senior advanced technology engineer in the BMW Group’s Silicon Valley office. And there’s even this juicy rumour about Tesla Motors and the telematics system in its Model S Sedan that I heard from a source at a rival electric car maker.