Ford has announced a partnership with Google to help bring Android to their vehicles.
Starting in 2023, Ford will be implementing Android Automotive for their infotainment systems in “millions of future Ford and Lincoln vehicles at all price points.”
“As Ford continues the most profound transformation in our history with electrification, connectivity and self-driving, Google and Ford coming together establishes an innovation powerhouse truly able to deliver a superior experience for our customers and modernize our business,” said Jim Farley, President and CEO of Ford.
With Android Automotive, you use Google Assistant, Google Maps for navigation and the Play Store.
Google has since signed partnerships with Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance, GM and Stellantis (Fiat, Chrysler etc) to bring Android Automotive to their vehicles.
“From the first moving assembly line to the latest driver-assist technology, Ford has set the pace of innovation for the automotive industry for nearly 120 years,” said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet. “We’re proud to partner to apply the best of Google’s AI, data analytics, compute and cloud platforms to help transform Ford’s business and build automotive technologies that keep people safe and connected on the road.”
In addition, to bringing Android Automotive to their vehicles, Ford announced that Google Cloud will the company’s preferred cloud provider.
This will help Ford utilize artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML) in their vehicles, improve customer experiences and more.
“We are obsessed with creating must-have, distinctively Ford products and services,” said Farley. “This integration will unleash our teams to innovate for Ford and Lincoln customers while seamlessly providing access to Google’s world-class apps and services.”
Ford hasn’t announced which models will be the first with Android Automotive.