Imagine rolling with – you guessed it – Android in your car . It was bound to happen, and Chinese car manufacturer Roewe will be producing the first system, expected to be out in April. The Roewe 350 will offer GPS navigation from a computer screen in the center console that runs Android 2.1, the same version that powers the Google Nexus One and the Motorola Droid. And (gasp) you’ll be able to surf the internet and do some online chatting as well.
Oh, that sounds pleasant. Simultaneously, I can check the latest news on The Ferret, chat with my girlfriend and drive around on one of China’s traffic clogged streets! I better use my mobile phone also. Might as well be productive on my commute. Sounds fabulous! It’s also not quite certain how the car itself will have internet connectivity, but that will be worked out I’m sure since it’s pretty much required to run all of these features that Roewe is claiming.
Of course, since Google is only supporting the Android Marketplace for applications through mobile phones right now, you won’t be able to get some of those cool games for the car. Although I’m not sure that’s necessarily a bad idea since you’re supposed to be paying attention to what you’re doing while you are on the road these days, not staring at internet news and typing mad LOLz into your dashboard.
Highlighting the versatility of Android, a new product that started production yesterday which is slightly bigger than most Android powered devices; the Roewe 350, has become the world’s first Android equipped automobile.