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Ford to Use Google's Android System in Most Cars


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A Ford vehicle.

Automaker Ford plans to use Google's Android operating system to power in-vehicle multimedia displays in all Ford models made outside of China, starting in 2023.

Credit: David Zalubowski/Associated Press

Ford Motor announced a six-year agreement to use Google's Android operating system to power in-vehicle multimedia displays beginning in 2023, incorporating Google applications into all Ford models made outside of China.

The automaker also plans to utilize Google's cloud services to help develop in-car features, manage data streaming from vehicles, and organize production.

Ford said the cloud services will support everything from labeling potential new service offerings to managing equipment in plants to streamlining supply chains.

Sam Abuelsamid at consultancy Guidehouse Insights said Ford, GM, and other automakers are working with Google to provide Android as built-in software, which allows vehicle owners to download apps directly to the cars' displays.

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