We kind of figured this one would be a no-brainer, as Alpine is also a Tier One automotive supplier. Why not join the OAA Army?
Well, what is curious is that in the aftermarket arena, Alpine was the first to be compatible with the iPod. Alpine and Apple enjoy a great relationship. However, Alpine Electronics today announced that it has become a member of the Open Automotive Alliance, which is a global alliance of technology and auto industry leaders committed to bringing the Android platform to cars starting in 2014.
Alpine understands that smartphones and in-vehicle electronics connectivity create additional values and will meet expectations of Android phone users by becoming a member of OAA. Alpine’s products compatible with Android Auto will be introduced in 2015.
Directly operating a smartphone while driving is downright dangerous. With Android Auto, drivers will be able to enjoy apps and services from an Android phone safely and conveniently while driving.
Alpine Electronics Managing Director of Engineering and Development Hirofumi Morioka said, “We are very pleased to become an OAA member. Not only will the Android Auto connectivity with our products increase customer value, but we also believe this will contribute to driver safety. Alpine is excited about the potential of developing Android products for both aftermarket and OEM products.”