Honda's cars will reportedly feature Google's Android Automotive software for the first time.
Now, Honda will start shipping cars with Google's embedded Android Automotive OS, which also has Google's voice assistant built in. Other notable features include Google Maps, as well as other infotainment based systems and other Android apps approved by car companies.
The Japanese automaker's first vehicles with Android Automotive will be launched next year. However, the company has not yet revealed which models will use the system first.
"We will work with Google to better integrate Google services into our vehicles, including easier access to Google Assistant, Google Maps and other in-car apps available through Google Play," a Honda spokesman said. It should be noted that Android Automotive is different from Android Auto. The latter is a system projected from a paired smartphone, rather than an entirely separate infotainment system like the former.
It is understood that Google has already struck deals with other big names in the car industry, including Ford and General Motors, to make the system the default operating system on millions of cars in the future.