Do You Want a Google Car?


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Yes, I was driving in my car at night. I had two hands on the wheel, and four eyes on the road. I do think and drive, though! Do you?

Google is everywhere. One place it is not is in a car. Yes, you could bring an Android device into the car with you to make use of the turn-by-turn voice-controlled navigation. I predict that within three years, we will see Google cars on the road. You may even consider not buying a new car unless it’s powered by Google at some point.

Let’s face it. If you go online and look for something – where do you go? You go to Google. You look for maps. You go shopping. You search for things. It just makes sense. Maybe it’s just something I personally want to see, given that every built-in navigation system that I’ve used are nothing more than a kluge. They’re a pain in the ass, they’re ugly and cumbersome. Google Android is more powerful, for sure. If I’d want something in my car, and could choose for myself… I’d want this.

They have everything wrapped up. It’s all coming together on the desktop – calendars, maps, search, navigation… everything you need. Now it needs to come together in your car! The great thing is that they’re just giving it away. Car manufacturers can decide if they want to spend thousands of dollars to purchase nav systems that don’t even work well… or get the Google stuff for free!

Would you be willing to put up with well-placed ads in your navigation system in exchange for something that works – and works very well?

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10 thoughts on “Do You Want a Google Car?”

  1. “Would you be willing to put up with well-placed ads in your navigation system in exchange for something that works – and works very well?” If the ads are locally targeted in tune with the navigation system and are not too obtrusive, I would put up with ads in turn for obtaining state-of-the art driving directions technology.

  2. Hey Chris,

    Well, I will say based on what I know about the industry, that this is the direction the industry is heading.

    How soon it actually gets there is a bit of a ways out.

    I can share more, but not on the comment feed 🙂

    Ajay

  3. “Would you be willing to put up with well-placed ads in your navigation system in exchange for something that works – and works very well?”

    Absolutely this would be so awesome.

    Talk about geographic ads….. Driving down the street and you say have entered your intention to get coffee or buy a lawn mower….you start driving to where you know and are suggested places you may not have even known were there…….and get the sales prices and specials at the same time.

    My only question….
    Who would make a good Google voice?

  4. I’m intruiged by the prospect of Google providing real competition to the entire GPS industry..if Garmin sales fall enough, I wonder if they’ll release their own app for Android.

  5. Garmin has Google built into the Garmin Nuvi 1490T, and with Ford Sync, I bet you Google will have something like Ford Sync in the future, I don’t even give it 3 years Chris, I say 2.

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