Instead of enabling your smartphone to interact with the vehicle, Google's operating system based on Android will form the backbone of the infotainment system of cars from Audi and Volvo.
The current Android Auto allows users to access vital phone functions while behind the wheel more quickly. It gives the car's infotainment display an uncomplicated user interface, offering some Android apps without requiring the owner to manipulate the phone physically.
The two automakers will take this one step further by building their infotainment based on Android. Audi's MMI infotainment system has been there for years now, but Volvo's Sensus Connect system is almost new.
The partnership does not mean that automakers will abandon their current set up altogether. Automakers can always recreate the current user interface so that buyers can remain comfortable.
There are advantages to using Android as the foundation. Any automakers, be it Audi or Volvo or even Google, they will have access to a wide variety of Android applications.
"With the advent of Android, we will embrace a rich ecosystem while keeping our iconic Volvo user interface. We will offer hundreds of popular apps and the best-integrated experience in this broad, connected environment," said Henrik Green, SVP of research and development at Volvo, in a statement.
Volvo owners won't have to wait for the next generation of Sensus Connect to benefit from this partnership. The company will add Google Local Search to its array of current cars equipped with Sensus Navigation through an update.
At this week's Google I/O conference, Audi and Volvo will have infotainment demonstrations available, so you can get a better view of what these automakers hope to accomplish.