Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi joins with Google to create new car infotainment systems

Global conglomerate Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has joined forces with the mighty Google to develop next-generation car infotainment setups.

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi joins with Google to create new car infotainment systems

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has announced a tie-up with tech-giant Google to develop its next-generation intelligent infotainment systems – in a scheme that is scheduled for roll-out in cars from 2021.

The Android-based set-up will provide “intelligent infotainment and customer-focused applications across multiple models and brands”. It’ll incorporate navigation in the form of Google Maps, as well as access to a suite of third-party apps on the Google Play Store. Google Assistant will also feature, allowing users to control the car’s functions via voice recognition.

Apple CarPlay review and user guide

Each of the three automotive pillars will utilise the same basic system, re-skinned to offer a unique user interface. That means that while the operating structure will remain similar, the graphics, fonts and menu structure on a Renault may differ to those in a Nissan or Mitsubishi.

The systems will also feature Alliance Intelligent Cloud, offering secure connectivity and over-the-air updates. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi claims it will be one of the “most intelligent systems in the market”. It also insists the set-up will remain compatible with other operating systems, such as Apple iOS.

Hadi Zablit, senior vice president of Business Development at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, said: “Our partnership with Google will offer owners of our vehicles rich user experiences that are currently available only outside the vehicle.

Android Auto: everything you need to know

“We are building powerful connected and seamless on-board/off-board experiences into our vehicles in addition to the features of Google applications and services that many users are accustomed to.”

The announcement coincides with the first anniversary of the Alliance’s ‘mid-term’ plan, which targets 14 million units (up from 10.6m in 2017) per year by the end of 2022. The plan involves the launch of 12 new zero-emissions vehicles.

Can the Alliance set the standard for in-car infotainment with Google's help? Let us know in the comments...

Recommended

New Renault 5 electric car targets £18,500 price tag
Renault 5 EV concept - front
Renault

New Renault 5 electric car targets £18,500 price tag

Renault says its new CMF-BEV platform could be the key to unlocking affordable small electric cars
30 Jun 2021
New Renault 4 confirmed: retro electric crossover on the way
Renault 4 - front (watermarked)
Renault

New Renault 4 confirmed: retro electric crossover on the way

The new 4ever concept car will preview the forthcoming small, cheap and utilitarian EV
30 Jun 2021
Best 60s cars: the 30 greatest cars of the 1960s
Best cars of the 60s - header
Best cars & vans

Best 60s cars: the 30 greatest cars of the 1960s

The swinging sixties brought a vast array of unforgettable cars that would establish the path of the industry for decades to come. We pick our top 30 …
21 Jun 2021
Renault ElectriCity: Europe’s biggest electric car production centre is born
Renault ElectricCity
Renault

Renault ElectriCity: Europe’s biggest electric car production centre is born

Renault has reorganised its French factories in preparation for the new Megane E-Tech Electric, as well as the upcoming Renault 4 and 5
9 Jun 2021

Most Popular

New 2021 Volkswagen Taigo coupe-SUV breaks cover
Volkswagen Taigo R-Line - front
Volkswagen Taigo

New 2021 Volkswagen Taigo coupe-SUV breaks cover

The new VW Taigo is a sportier, more aggressive looking version of the brand’s T-Cross and is aimed at lifestyle buyers
29 Jul 2021
Land Rover unveils limited-run Defender Trophy Edition
Land Rover unveils limited-run Defender Trophy Edition - front
Land Rover Defender

Land Rover unveils limited-run Defender Trophy Edition

Just 220 examples will be built to honour past Camel Trophy Land Rovers, all of which have been reserved for the North American market
30 Jul 2021
New 2021 Kia EV6 boasts up to 328 miles of range
Kia EV6 - front
Kia EV6

New 2021 Kia EV6 boasts up to 328 miles of range

Kia reveals more specs for its bespoke electric car, with the EV6 offering long range and an 18-minute 80 per cent rapid recharge time
21 Jul 2021