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    FCA and Google To Show Off Android-based Infotainment System

      It seems Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' relationship with Google extends further from self-driving vehicles


    We know that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is planning to show off some big stuff later this week at the Consumer Electronics Show and we have gotten an official announcement on one of their showings.

    FCA and Google will be showing off a Chrysler 300 that is running the latest UConnect infotainment system and Android 7.0 Nougat. FCA is currently working with Google on developing the next-generation of infotainment systems that would use Android as a backend while retaining the "unique and intuitive" interface of UConnect.

    “This collaboration with Google has been an extremely beneficial opportunity for both companies to explore how in-vehicle infotainment and connectivity technology continues to evolve, and what it takes to meet consumers’ increasing desire for innovation of information with minimal distraction,” Chris Barman, FCA's head of electrical engineering, said in a statement.

    Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
    Press Release is on Page 2


    FCA and Google Collaborate on a Uconnect System Concept Powered by Android

    • FCA demonstrates features of open-source Android at CES 2017 in Las Vegas
    • Collaboration focuses on the next generation of connected car systems, using the Android open-source platform
    • Google and FCA will showcase the seamless integration of Android with the award-winning Uconnect 8.4-inch connected system
    • Android offers automakers user interface customization, a full-featured automotive infotainment stack and ability to integrate Android apps into the vehicle’s infotainment system
    • Hands-on demonstrations available at the FCA exhibit during CES 2017, Jan. 5–8

    January 2, 2017 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA and Google are using CES 2017 to demonstrate a seamless integration of the award-winning Uconnect 8.4-inch connected vehicle system featuring Android, the world’s most popular open-source operating system.

    A hands-on concept demonstration of the power of combining Uconnect with Android is on display at CES, Jan. 5-8, inside a Chrysler 300 sedan.
     
    FCA is in collaboration with Google regarding the next-generation connected car systems enabled by the power of an open platform and ecosystem of Android.
     
    “This collaboration with Google has been an extremely beneficial opportunity for both companies to explore how in-vehicle infotainment and connectivity technology continues to evolve, and what it takes to meet consumers’ increasing desire for innovation of information with minimal distraction,” says Chris Barman, Head of Electrical Engineering, FCA. “With Android, we are able to maintain our unique and intuitive Uconnect user interface, all while integrating our easy-to-use systems with Android’s features and ecosystem of applications.”
     
    CES attendees can get one-on-one demonstrations of the Uconnect system powered by the latest version of Android, 7.0 Nougat, which includes core infotainment features such as radio and comfort controls.
     
    The Uconnect and Android integration also enable a system that is built for connectivity and compatibility with the universe of popular Android applications. The demonstration will show a seamless integration with Google Assistant, Google Maps and popular Android apps like Pandora, Spotify, NPR One and Pocket Casts.
     
    “Google is committed to building Android as a turn-key automotive platform that integrates deeply with the vehicle in a safe and seamless way,” said Patrick Brady, Director of Android Engineering, Google. “This collaboration with FCA brings together the industry standard for connected car systems with Android to create powerful infotainment systems designed for the digital age.”
     
    To visit the FCA exhibit, #6306, navigate to the North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Thursday, Jan. 5 – Sunday, Jan. 8.

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    Yet what is FCA doing to have current human desired auto's?

    Android bleeding edge nav / radio system alone will not cut it and continuing to gut the Chrysler, jeep, ram, dodge line to keep the garbage Fiat / Alfa going is a loser move.

    FAILURE for FCA, some wins for Google and that is it. Not going to win customers big time with this.

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