Following Google’s unveiling of its new Android Auto connected car platform, a long list of both new and old members of the Open Automotive Alliance have confirmed support for the new feature. A press release lists a number of new members including Bentley, LG, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Maserati, Volvo and many more. The news also confirms that we’ll see aftermarket solutions for Android Auto from companies like Pioneer, Parrot and Alpine. Here’s a full list of new OAA companies that will support Android Auto:

  • Alpine
  • Bentley
  • Clarion
  • CloudCar
  • Delphi
  • FIAT Chrysler
  • Freescale
  • Infiniti
  • LG
  • Maserati
  • Mazda
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Panasonic
  • Parrot
  • Pioneer
  • Renault
  • Renesas
  • SEAT
  • Škoda
  • Subaru
  • Suzuki
  • Symphony Teleca
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo

That list doesn’t include founding and old members like Audi, GM, Google, Honda, Hyundai and others. Volvo and Hyundai have now independently confirmed that they will both support the platform. Interestingly, both companies are also confirmed partners of Apple’s competing CarPlay platform.

When it comes to Volvo, the company announced today that it’s joining the Open Automotive Alliance and plans to bring Android Auto to all its cars using a new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) starting with the all-new XC90. That’s notable considering that’s also the first vehicle Volvo will use to introduce Apple’s CarPlay feature later this year. Up until now there was some question about how a platform from Google might co-exist alongside Apple’s platform, but it appear at least some manufacturers plan to offer both of the competing platforms side by side in new vehicles. We’ll have to see if others decide to go Apple or Android only or offer exclusivity windows for either platform.

Hyundai, another confirmed Apple partner, will also be bringing Android Auto to its in-dash displays alongside CarPlay. Honda, also a confirmed Apple partner, released a similar announcement on Android Auto saying the feature will appear in select vehicles starting in 2015. Finally, Audi released an announcement today confirming that it too will implement Android Auto into its new cars starting in 2015.

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4 Responses to “Open Automotive Alliance partners new & old confirm Android Auto support, aftermarket solutions”

  1. Android Auto support by Volkswagen is likely to include Skoda, Seat & Audi as Volkswagen are the parent company.

  2. I hope no manufacturer enters into exclusivity deals with either company. The last thing we need now is buying cars based on which smartphone you use, or having members in a family not be able to use a car because one member has an iPhone and one member has an Android. Companies need to play nicely together. It was amazing to see Google whip out an iPhone on stage to use Android TV

    • I also hope both systems will be in one car so again if a husband and wife use different oS, they can both use the car…Or heaven forbid you decide to switch platforms, you don’t have a dash board that doesnt work with your phone. I can just imagine

      • Sorry to deliver the bad news but you will have to choose between Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Many auto manufacturers will offer both as an option, but you’ll have to choose one – either Apple or Android. One of the auto manufacturers that has signed up for both Apple and Android is Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles – which means that Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler, Fiat, Alfa-Romeo, etc. will all have the option of either Android or Apple. But you will have to choose one system. The ONLY way to have a radio that adapts to both Android and Apple products is to get an aftermarket system that is NOT tied down to a specific platform. But those systems will not be as intuitive as the Apple CarPlay or the Android Auto. If you want that type of immersion, you will have to choose between the two.