Ford Motor Co is going to switch to Alphabet’s Android for the software to drive its cars’ displays, beginning in 2023. I can tolerate that, mostly, even if it is Alphabet.
Here’s the kicker, though [emphasis added].
Ford also intends to work with Alphabet Inc’s Google for cloud services to help the auto maker develop in-car features and manage the reams of data streaming from its vehicles.
Ford, GM, and others are now working with Google to offer Android as built-in software, a move that allows owners to download apps directly to their vehicle’s tabletlike display….
Auto makers are mobilizing to offer in-car services to customers that would allow the companies to collect recurring revenue streams….
I don’t need tracking software in my vehicles, and I don’t need mechanisms to suck ever more money out of me via my vehicles.
It’ll be a cold day in a warm place before I’ll let any car of mine connect to the Internet.