Author's Note: How the Open Automotive Alliance Works
Not long before this story was assigned, Google bought Nest, the company that makes smart thermostats and smoke alarms. It was more than a wise investment in a company that makes innovative and desirable products. As we know from Google's relationship with smartphones, they don't really want to make devices. But they do want to control the way people interact with the devices, and study the way the data flows around. (That's not unique to Google, of course. I'm still too creeped out to activate the thumbprint security feature on my iPhone 5S.) Getting Android in cars, I suspect, is about more than making Android a bigger part of consumers' lives. We spend so much time in our cars -- it's reasonable to think that Google wants to know what we do with that time ... and offer Google-optimized ways to use it.
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