Android just keeps on getting bigger and better - and now it's made its way to the automobile industry. Saab has revealed plans to launch its new 2012 Saab 9-3 with a built-in Android-based iQon infotainment system at the Geneva Motor Show. Does combining Android with cars make for a good mix? Read on to check out a short video demonstration.
The new system will use 3G (and later 4G) networks to keep the driver permanently online. Besides working as a GPS navigator and keeping tabs on important automotive information, the iQon system is designed to be able to run virtually any app like your regular Android phone. Basically, this means that you can check your emails, browse the web, read the weather forcast and keep tabs on your fuel consumption - all from the comfort of your driver's seat screen.
All of this may sound like a ton of fun, but you have to keep in mind that system is meant to be used in a car. Surfing the web while driving is bound to be a lethal mix. So while I am happy to see Android being used for in-car computer systems, I am deeply concerned about the possible safety issues. I am sure that Saab will have to limit the scope of the iQon system in order for it to actually hit the market. Finally, some people have voiced fears of third-party developers breaching the security of the car's computer system.
Here's a little demonstration video: