While driving 400+ miles over the weekend, Mrs. Beal suggested it would be a great idea to add Google Maps and local search information to our SUV’s built-in navigation. I managed to impress her–OK, maybe just myself–but recalling the 2007 announcement that BMW was going to do just that.
Four years on and I don’t know if that ever came to fruition. However, I do know that Saab is about to get a whole lot of Android added its line-up of cars.
IQon provides an embedded computer platform in the car with a modem which automatically connects to the internet when the car´s ignition is switched on. An 8-inch touchscreen provides access to services, including audio and entertainment streaming, online navigation and on-board music storage.
Our open innovation strategy, using the Android operating system, will keep the provision of in-car infotainment up to date.
Well played Saab, well played!