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Android Auto Is on the Way

DATE POSTED:January 12, 2019

Alphabet's (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Android Auto app has been around for a few years now, but it has always required a smartphone to enable its use while behind the wheel. Google has been working on a native version of the software -- custom-designed and loaded into a car's system without the need for additional hardware -- and the first announced model featuring it was just announced: Volvo Cars' Polestar 2.

Volvo Cars, which is a subsidiary of China's Geely Automobile Holdings (NASDAQOTH: GELYF), has been taking preorders for its plug-in hybrid performance coupe Polestar 1, which will carry a starting price tag of $155,000. The company's first all-electric vehicle (EV) will enter production later this year and debut sometime in 2020. Dubbed the Polestar 2, it will be priced in the same range as Tesla's Model 3, and the company has promised further specifics on the vehicle in the coming weeks.

The Polestar 2 will feature an infotainment system powered by Android Auto. That makes Volvo Cars the first announced automaker to make use of the software as a built-in feature of a production vehicle.

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