May 24 AT 7:38 PM Alex Wagner 2 Comments

Google’s Open Automotive Alliance user interface detailed in new leak


Google caught us off-guard at CES earlier this year when it announced the Open Automotive Alliance, a partnership between it, NVIDIA and several car makers that’s aimed at “accelerating auto innovation.” We haven’t heard much about the effort since then, but today that information dam has burst with a leak that may have revealed some early details of the service.

According to information shared with Android Police, the Open Automotive Alliance software will feature four distinct sections: music, telephony, navigation and search. The image you see above is a mockup of what the music interface is expected to look like. Included is a large album art image, a translucent bar with playback controls, four buttons for jumping between the main spaces of the UI and a Google search shortcut in the upper right corner.

The dialer UI is said to allow the user to choose a contact, dial a number or start a call just by using his or her voice. Voice commands are also expected to be able to compose messages. After the user dictates the message, the software will read it back and ask if it should be sent.


Rounding out the Open Automotive Alliance UI, it’s said that voice commands can be used to conduct searches and launch navigation. The car icon at the bottom of the display could show information related to the vehicle itself, and it’s possible that Google Now cards could be included as well.

Since Google hasn’t said much about the Open Automotive Alliance since January, it’s possible that some of the details of this leak could change by the time that the software rolls out the public. Android Police also notes that, just like with Android on mobile devices, car manufacturers may choose to skin the OAA software. That said, the UI described in todays report sounds like one that would be used in a car, with a focus on large buttons and voice commands.

What do you think of the UI described in today’s report? Would you like to have the Open Automotive Alliance software in a car?

Source: Android Police

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  • magnum80

    Finally details about OAA. I like the focus and the use cases. Wondering where composing messages will be found.

    Can’t wait to see more details. Let’s turn our cars into a Star Trek shuttle. I hope car companies don’t mess up the interface with silly skins. Mostly I want my phone to be the brain of the car’ entertainment and use the best speakers and the best mic in the car and the steering wheel buttons while being charged. I don’t want some 3rd party voice recognition engine, I want Google Search voice recognition engine with an always listening magic word feature.

    Wondering how they deal with multiple drivers / users, when a car is shared like it is in a family. Would be cool if the phone will be paired and identified via NFC or iBeacon in the future (if it makes its way to Android at some time).

    Thanks for the article guys :)

  • Ghamdan Hassan

    I always find you articles unique and amusing, thank you. AndroidScouter