MUNICH — Renault says the brand new Megane E-Tech Electrical compact SUV is the primary mainstream automobile to make use of the Android Automotive working system, constructing within the look, really feel and performance of an Android smartphone. 

Navigation duties are dealt with by Google Maps, which seems on a 12-inch-by-12-inch contact display screen (lower-end variations get a 9-inch-deep display screen with the identical performance). Instructions will be entered utilizing Google Assistant voice recognition; and there are greater than 40 apps akin to Spotify obtainable on the Google Play Retailer, which customers can obtain on to the automobile.

“This display screen is the masterpiece of the brand new Megane’s cockpit,” Renault chief designer Gilles Vidal stated Monday on the Munich auto present. “By partnering with Google Automotive Providers, we’ve been in a position to present accessible and user-friendly apps.”

Renault Group CEO Luca de Meo stated the Open R Hyperlink was the “actual gem” within the new Megane, noting that 75 % of the world’s smartphones run on the Android system.

Android Automotive is an working system that runs immediately on the automobile’s in-vehicle {hardware}, on this case a third-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon automotive cockpit platform that makes use of AI to enhance voice recognition and security use instances.

Android Auto, in distinction, runs on the person’s smartphone and is projected over the automobile’s infotainment system with a USB connection. Apple telephone customers can connect with the Megane’s display screen utilizing Apple Automotive Play, which works the identical means as Android Auto.

Android Automotive is presently used to drive infotainment programs in two manufacturing autos, the Volvo XC40 Recharge EV and Polestar 2 EV. It’s set to look on future GM fashions, beginning with the revived Hummer model and the Cadillac Lyric, and each Stellantis and Ford have introduced that future fashions will use the working system.

Different automakers, akin to BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Tesla, are creating their very own working programs. However Android Automotive is an off-the-shelf, open-source system that lets automakers customise it to their wants.