Original Image courtesy of Mashable
Who would have imagined what Google’s Android OS would have become in two years. Since 2007, Android has morphed almost into full life integration using a huge variety of devices and appliances. Google has indeed taken it a step further with the revealing of the first production car to be built with Android onboard. The Chinese auto manufacturer Roewe now is in full production of the Roewe 350, which includes an in-car GPS built on Android 2.1.
Details are still pretty slim, but Mashable’s article states the GPS will have other Android services available such as a web browser and some social media chatting. If I were to speculate I could imagine some speech imput along with some location based services for a new level of GPS functionality. No word yet if you will be able to install other marketplace apps or even how you will be connected to the World Wide Web, but one thing for sure is that this could go a long way.
We should be seeing some Android based GPS units popping up shortly here in the US. With all the navigation currently featured on today’s phones, it was only a matter of time till you had Google’s companionship with you on your commute to work or trips around town. Imagine “rooting” your car and installing all your favorite apps right in your car. Phone calls, MP3, Venues, Movies, Reservations, etc could all be possible right from your dash. Pair it up with a nice capacitive widescreen and some speech input and your carputer could be the “brain” of all your in-car electronics. Watch out Garmin and TomTom, the Android Army is coming for you!