Google roundup: Cars, Glass, Project Loon

Automotive News reports Google (GOOG, GOOGL) will show off an Android-based in-car OS at Google I/O (June 25-26). Automakers backing the platform include GM, Audi, Honda, and Hyundai.

The OS is tied to the Open Automotive Alliance (first announced in January), which aims to create Android-based infotainment/navigation systems. Apple, BlackBerry, and Nokia are going after the market as well.

In addition to the OS, Google is said to be working on "new Android platform features that will enable the car itself to become a connected Android device" (shades of Apple's CarPlay).

With commercial interest in Glass running high (consumer reactions have been more mixed), Google has announced its first 5 partners for its Glass at Work developer program. The list includes APX Labs, maker of a Glass app that allows workers to stream live video from the field, and Augmedix, whose app allows doctors to automatically enter health info during exams.

A year after announcing Project Loon, Google says it hopes to use its hot-air balloons to offer Web access in "one or several countries" next year. A series of advances have improved the balloons' flight times, and LTE connectivity now enables speeds of up to 22Mbps to ground antennas.

Though Loon is still in the experimental stage, Google wants to eventually have "300 to 400 balloons circling the globe to offer continuous service to a targeted area." Google is also making big bets on satellites and solar-powered drones to connect underserved regions.

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  • ambo007
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    only the cheapo car manufacturers back android.. hmmm
    16 Jun 2014, 07:35 PM Reply Like
  • Eric Jhonsa
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    Audi is a "cheapo" car manufacturer?
    16 Jun 2014, 08:03 PM Reply Like
  • Stephen Tips
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    Oh, yeah . . . and these are the auto manufacturers who just happen to sell the most worldwide volume of vehicles; GM, Honda, Hyundai and they are backing Android . . . hmmm.
    16 Jun 2014, 11:43 PM Reply Like
  • Dennis Baker
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    I don't believe they are backing anything. I'm pretty sure at least a couple of those automakers are shipping Carplay also. They are covering their bases.


    Edit: Yep. Honda, Hyundai, and GM are all CarPlay partners too (not sure about Audi).
    17 Jun 2014, 01:03 AM Reply Like
  • Dantes_Will
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    This is great. An Android based system to control your car. In the near future, the Chinese can just access our connected cars and crash us into each other after they shut down our utility grid and erase all our financial data. Why build aircraft carriers and nuclear subs when the US just keeps handing out the keys to every critical part of our economic infrastructure?


    Companies like Fireye/Mandiant will become major US defense contractors for the next century.
    16 Jun 2014, 07:44 PM Reply Like
  • heyo
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    Comments like these are just wack.
    17 Jun 2014, 12:37 AM Reply Like
  • stoj
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    type of car stereo is customizable
    17 Jun 2014, 04:39 AM Reply Like
    , contributor
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    Just like Me!


    Some times.....Google reminds me of... "Me." In the past I have undertaken many projects that did, and could never, make any money. It was usually when I had to much time, and Google.


    On one hand....I admire their tenacity for impossible projects, but know....on the other hand.....they are not serving the interest of their stockholders. (I know some will argue that they will take over the world....but time will tell).


    17 Jun 2014, 08:40 AM Reply Like
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