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When it comes to infotainment systems, no vehicle today is complete without them. Able to help the driver navigate, and usually set up with a sweet sound system, most infotainment systems come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to allow consumers to play music from their phones while keeping them off of their phone. Some infotainment systems are even mirroring smartphones, basically projecting the home screen onto the infotainment touchscreen once plugged in. It didn’t take long for the auto industry to adopt this technology, but Mitsubishi Motors is one automaker that dragged its feet until it saddled up with the Renault-Nissan Alliance and started getting access to all sorts of car tech.
What’s in an Infotainment System?
Good question. It usually comes with a touchscreen, a sound system, and depending on what’s offered, some navigation features. Yeah, Mitsubishi Motors offered all of that on its SUVs for several years, but each of those was a standalone part. Before Mitsubishi got an infotainment system, vehicles like the Mitsubishi Outlander came with an available 9-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium sound system, outfitted with a 10-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer, Digital Signal Processing, DTS Neural Surround™, PremiDIA-WIDE Surround, and Dolby® Volume. To handle voice-commands and voice-calling, a FUSE hands-free link system with Bluetooth did the heavy lifting, and a 7-inch touchscreen display with available 3D-mapping navigation picked up the rest of the slack. Not bad for throwing something together.
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance recently announced that they’ve agreed to a multi-year deal with Google to include Android-powered infotainment systems in vehicles they manufacture. This latest deal comes as part of the Alliance’s strategy to equip new vehicles with a broader array of infotainment and tech features. This modern infotainment system will begin its launch in 2021, fully integrating the dashboard displays and the Android operating system (OS).
What Google has accomplished here is no small feat – the tech giant has been attempting to infiltrate the car market with their operating system for over a decade. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the world’s largest automaker alliance, sold more than 10 million vehicles worldwide in 2017, and over 5.5 million during the first half of the current year (2018), making the Alliance the perfect partner to introduce an Android-based infotainment system to the masses. The more integrated and easy-to-use an infotainment system is, the more appealing it makes a vehicle for a potential buyer.
Drivers and passengers will be enabled to do things like using Google Maps directly from the vehicle, use the voice-controlled audio assistant when answering texts and calls, search for information while managing different functions within the vehicle, and eventually run automotive apps straight from the Google Play store. These features will be combined with the automaker’s Alliance Intelligent Cloud to enable vehicle diagnostics and remote software upgrades. Apple iPhone users do not need to worry; the infotainment system will also be compatible with Apple iOS.
The reason it’s taken Google this long? Automakers are wary of the data-mining that Google will have access to when they install the Android Operating System, leaving car manufacturers without a source to use this particular data to develop features as other revenue streams. Thus, automakers have continuously kept the infotainment systems in-house, until now that is. It’s important to note that Google will not mine any data without the consent of the driver and/or passengers – it is an opt-in data-mining opportunity.
The Alliance also benefits from this deal because they don’t have to continue spending their resources in developing their own software like many car manufacturers have been doing. Up until now, carmakers have been making their own software that supports an infotainment system via mirroring only, as opposed to making the software a truly integrated part of the vehicle. Mitsubishi, as part of the Alliance, will once again continue their tradition of making headway when it comes to cars and tech.
In the meantime, Mitsubishi will continue to feature their own Mitsubishi Connect services in their vehicles. Mitsubishi Connect currently has primary Bluetooth-enabled call and text capabilities complete with music pairing abilities, and two different packages – Safeguard and Remote packages- that are tailored to an individual driver’s needs. The Remote Services app is the closest thing that Mitsubishi currently has to an Android OS infotainment system – including its ability to be paired with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa-enabled devices when possible.
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The Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance recently unveiled plans to seek out and talk “partnership” with Robotaxi companies in the coming months. If unfamiliar with the term “Robotaxi,” think of it like an autonomous, self-driving taxi or Uber, that may also have some artificial intelligence integrated into the console for human-to-robot interaction. Maybe interacting with these “Robotaxis” will be as simple as telling the vehicle where to go, or maybe as advanced and new age as the virtual assistant in the Mitsubishi Connect concept movie (seen below).
It shouldn’t come as any surprise. Since Mitsubishi and Nissan-Renault signed off on their partnership, Mitsubishi has looked into Nissan-Renault resources for global expansion. Not only that, but the Nissan-Renault Mitsubishi Alliance as a whole has plans to hit the hybrid and electric vehicle market hard with a total of 500,000 plug-in electric hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) in the making. In addition to this, the alliance plans to develop fifteen models with autonomous features by 2022, including a fully autonomous self-driving vehicle.
This brings up a question. Will these self-driving vehicles be able to deliver all of the exciting prospects Mitsubishi debuted at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show with their Mitsubishi e-Evolution or the Mitsubishi Electric Emirai 4? Will these autonomous vehicles be as advanced as to support artificial intelligence by Mitsubishi or other automakers in the industry? Several companies are already working on self-driving vehicles, such as Google, Uber, Apple, Chevrolet, and others. Chevrolet/GM even has claims to already be the first automaker to produce a driverless car with all the success of the self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV.
Although there has yet to be an official release date for the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, more information is released about it every so often. When we first heard about this throwback, there were a lot of people wondering if Mitsubishi Motors had lost it. Turning a once sports car into a crossover variation had a 50/50 shot at success. However, with the lineup cutting down on small cars and shifting with the auto industry into a more SUV and crossover market, it’s possible they can pull it off.
Jump forward to the Geneva International Motor Show when the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross debuted. We talked a lot about its aesthetics, the style, and new technology popping up (literally and figuratively). Recently, Mitsubishi Motors released a video teasing the technology found in the Eclipse Cross, and it’s shaping up nicely. Perfect timing too, because we just covered the lack of a true Mitsubishi infotainment system not too long ago.