At the recent Google’s developer conference in San Francisco, leading Indian car maker, Mahindra announced that it had become member of Open Automotive Alliance (OAA).
Mahindra launched the XUV500 facelift last month in India with the BLUE SENSE App. The company has not given any timeline as to when their cars will get Android Auto.
Joining OAA puts Mahindra in the league of leading global car manufacturers across the world who are committed to power their cars with latest in connected technologies (aka Android Auto). The first car to receive Android Auto is the Hyundai Sonata. Last week Hyundai rolled out OTA (over the air) update for Sonata owners in the US.
The introduction of Android Auto, which is an addition to Google’s smartphone operating system, will go a long way in augmenting safety standards while offering drivers safer and easier access to information via voice commands or through the use of steering mounted controls.
For this reason, Mahindra has aligned with Open Automotive Alliance- a global set of automakers and technology companies working towards introduction of Android platforms on cars. The first Mahindra cars to receive Android Auto will be XUV500 and Scorpio; but the company also has plans to roll out the technology on all their future products.
As of now, Mahindra offers BLUE SENSE App on their flagship cars. This is a bluetooth enabled technology which connects smartphone to the car’s infotainment system. Compared to Android Auto, this system is way outdated. Watch the video below to see what Android Auto can do.
M&M will become the first Indian automakers to offer Android Auto on their vehicles following the company philosophy to introducing newer technologies on their vehicles so as to enhance user experience and offer better value technologies to buyers.
Speaking on the announcement, Pravin Shah, President and Chief Executive (Automotive), Mahindra & Mahindra, said, “We are happy to be part of the OAA and being the first Indian OEM to be part of this prestigious global alliance, it is indeed a moment we are proud of”.