According to the folks over at Reuters, Google is currently working on a platform called Android “M” which should be rolling out in 2015.
If the rumors are true, Android M will embed directly into cars, no smartphones necessary, and will make Android the main control for the vehicle’s navigation, and built-in infotainment, no matter what smartphone the drivers own.
The Android Auto operating system will also give cars the ability to connect directly to the internet, giving OnStar 4G LTE some well deserved competition. Some automakers, like Hyundai and Honda have already announced plans for systems that run their own custom flavors of Android but this could go much further in the coming years.
The Detroit Auto Show rolls out in January, right after the 2015 CES in Las Vegas. So if there are any automakers who were experimenting with the platform in their vehicles, we might see one on display at the upcoming Auto Show.