But using the Android operating system will open cars to over-the-internet infotainment software updates and integration of Google Assistant voice commands into some auto functions such as windshield wiper controls, the companies said.
If you need driving directions, chances are you eschew your car's built-in navigation system in favor of your smartphone.
As part of the partnership, vehicles sold by the Alliance will be embedded with the Android OS, the world's most popular mobile operating system. This most likely will include cars made by Dacia, which was taken over by Renault in 1999 and relaunched in 2004 with the Logan model. That's understandable, because mobile apps such as Google Maps and Waze are easier to use and more accurate than whatever your auto manufacturer preloaded on your unwieldy digital dashboard. The voice-enabled Google Assistant will let drivers answer calls and texts, control music, search for information and manage vehicle functions with spoken commands.
Control of driver and vehicle data has been a sticky issue for carmakers.
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi carmaking alliance said on Tuesday it will use Alphabet's Google Android operating system in future vehicles - handing a victory to the United States tech giant which seeks to carve out a bigger share of the infotainment market. The implementation of Google services hopes to combat that classic limitation with infotainment vehicles and help push the auto giants into a new era of profit and innovation.
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi said the new infotainment systems would also be integrated with remote vehicle diagnostics and over-the-air upgrade capabilities, offered via the alliance's own cloud-based service. The Android-based operating system will always be updated along with its suite of apps from Google and other developers.
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi's partnership with Google and Audi's Alexa integration show that carmakers recognize customer preferences for the technology in their smartphones rather than software that's designed specifically for vehicles.