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Ford partners with Google for in-car technology.
The companies announced on Monday that Ford’s future vehicles will use an Android-based infotainment system and that the automaker will move its operations from Amazon Web Services to the Google Cloud through a six-year deal starting in 2023.
Ford follows Volvo ownership North Star when adopting the Android platform, which integrates the voice-activated Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play.
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Ford Vice President, Strategy and Partnerships, David McCelland said the automaker has not decided whether the in-car product would use the Sync branding. The last Synchronize 4 system uses a proprietary Ford interface and is powered by the Blackberry QNX operating system.
Apple CarPlay smartphone integration and Amazon’s Alexa will be offered with the new infotainment system, which will be opened up to third-party app development.
Financial details of the agreement have not been disclosed.
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The agreement comes after Microsoft’s announcement in January that Microsoft is participating in a $ 2 billion funding round in General Motors’ autonomous auto division Cruise of General Motors and will provide it with Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing service.
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