Earlier this week, a report emerged claiming that Ferrari, Volvo, and Mercedes are going to unveil the first iOS in the Car integrated vehicles this week. iOS in the Car was first announced by Apple at WWDC in June, though the company has been rather quiet since then. Now, it appears as if Google is getting ready to take a stab at an in-car technology system.
According to a job posting, first spotted by German site Mobi-flip.de, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company Daimler is looking for a software engineer who can help implement Google’s in-car system. The in-car interface will reportedly be called “Google Projected Mode” and will allow users to “seamlessly integrate” Android devices into a dashboard’s head unit.
Details of Google’s Projected Mode unfortunately sparse at this point. The name implies that the car’s head unit would house a bigger display and that the display would be powered by your Android device via BlueTooth or some sort of wireless mirroring system. The display would most likely project a simplified version of Android that would let you access your apps, contacts, and music.
The job listing goes on to say that Google Projected Mode is coming to “all Mercedes-Benz vehicles in all markets worldwide.” Google has its Open Automotive Alliance partnership with Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia, but not Mercedes-Benz. It’s also worth speculating that those companies could be much further along in iterating the Google Projected System than Mercedes is, as it is still looking for a software engineer.
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