We should start seeing the results of this deal in 2021.
It's no secret that the various dashboards and infotainment consoles in cars are almost universally bad, plagued with clunky software and laggy performance. Android Auto tackled this problem by letting your phone take over the in-car display, but it's hard to beat a system that just works on its own.
That's why Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the largest automotive alliance in the world whose member companies sold over 10 million vehicles just last year, is partnering with Google in a multiyear agreement to integrate Android services into its vehicles' infotainment systems.
Scheduled to start in 2021, the systems in new vehicles made by Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi will run on Android, featuring services like Google Maps, Google Assistant, and even the Play Store. Just as you'd find different forked versions of Android on phones from different manufacturers, each brand will have the freedom to customize the Android experience to their liking — for better or worse.
This shift towards Android and Google services is part of the Alliance's 2022 mid-term plan to better equip its vehicles with "next-generation technology," which it's hoping will help reach its increased sales goal of over 14 million units per year by the end of 2022.