The upcoming Android N release will allow Android to run natively within cars, letting Google put much deeper hooks into the cars it runs on, the company announced Wednesday at its I/O developer conference.
It also means that carmakers can incorporate Android directly into instrument clusters.
The concept, on a Maserati Ghibli, is also equipped with a 15-inch 4K display and a 720P digital cluster.
"As they move away from using proprietary systems for infotainment, a big win for them car manufacturers is going to be that the ecosystem that s part of Android will come with that so they don t have to think about, 'How do I go out and make developers write for this proprietary system?'"
Of course, it will still be up to individual car companies to decide whether or not to adopt Android, and they will have a lot of flexibility in deciding exactly how they implement it into their vehicles.
Even then, we won't be seeing Android N running natively on anything more than a concept anytime soon.