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Google Partners with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance

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Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance LogoThis week, Google marked its 20th birthday, and to celebrate it announced a partnership with the largest automotive alliance in the world (with a long name to match). Of course, we’re talking about the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance that won the world vehicle sales crown in 2017 and is looking to defend its title in 2018. This new arrangement with Google will enhance the infotainment systems in the Alliance’s vehicles and make them more competitive than ever.

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What exactly can we look forward to? According to the press release from Nissan, vehicles around the world with the Alliance’s badges will be loaded with the Android operating system. This means that Google Maps will provide navigation, and apps will be available from Google Play to interact with the car. The Google Assistant will also be on hand to help you manage basic vehicle functions besides the standard entertainment prompts.

None of the members of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance had anything to say about what this means for customers who use the Apple iPhone as their smart device, or if Apple CarPlay will be offered alongside the Android operating system.

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Before you get too excited (or concerned if you’re an Apple fan), we do have to wait until about 2021 for models equipped with the new infotainment systems to roll off of the assembly line. That means there is plenty of time for more details about the operating system to roll out. You even have a few years to save up for a new car so you can bring the latest model home as soon as possible.