Want a sporty sedan with front- and-rear-facing cameras and an in-dash screen you control with your voice?
It'll be here in a few model years, thanks to a boost from
With Apple unveiling its rival CarPlay platform earlier this month, and
Yet, how fast Android apps proliferate in the cars of everyday Americans will depend on
One of the best things about
The rich user experience that shared data can provide lets mobile users do a broad range of fun and useful things, and the company on Wednesday unveiled new features to facilitate app-linking on its platform.
But it also exposes Android apps to more malware and hacks than those for iOS, as Apple exercises stricter control over its application programming interfaces, or APIs.
The company also said at its developer event in
That's a good way to assure users that critical Android apps -- for consumer finance or health, for example -- won't get hacked as often.
Suffering a privacy intrusion is bad enough, but experiencing some version of a future car hack could make for a lot worse day: "Hello, Triple-A? Someone just hacked my steering wheel!"
There's little doubt that tens of millions of future car owners will want the control and customization that a broad choice of future automotive apps likely will provide.
But how soon the majority of car buyers will be ready for automated vehicles will depend, in large part, on how safe they are to drive.
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