If you had plans on putting Android Auto inside the upcoming 2017 Porsche 911, you might want to think again. A new report claims that Porsche has nixed support for Google's automotive technology system inside the latest model of its classic car, and the car maker is blaming Google's apparent requirement that it sends data about the vehicle to its headquarters.
According to Motor Trend:
As part of the agreement an automaker would have to enter with Google, certain pieces of data must be collected and mailed back to Mountain View, California. Stuff like vehicle speed, throttle position, coolant and oil temp, engine revs—basically Google wants a complete OBD2 dump whenever someone activates Android Auto. Not kosher, says Porsche. Obviously, this is "off the record," but Porsche feels info like that is the secret sauce that makes its cars special. Moreover, giving such data to a multi-billion dollar corporation that's actively building a car, well, that ain't good, either.
The article adds that the 2017 Porsche 911 will still support Apple's Car Play. According to Motor Trend, it will only send data related to the car's movement back to Apple. We have some doubts over this, primarily because Android Auto is contained on your smartphone and projects itself to the compatible in-car system. Porsche is also owned by the VAG (Volkswagen Audi Group), some of whose other brands have already committed to and started offering Android Auto. So whatever is going on is clearly not coming from the very top.
Source: Motor Trend