Update: While Google has not commented directly on Porsche’s reported rejection of Android Auto, the company made a statement to The Verge in which it denied that it currently collects any of the data mentioned in the original report. It does not go as far as saying that it has not requested access to such data.
“We take privacy very seriously and do not collect the data the Motor Trend article claims such as throttle position, oil temp, and coolant temp,” Google said in a statement to The Verge. “Users opt in to share information with Android Auto that improves their experience, so the system can be hands-free when in drive, and provide more accurate navigation through the car’s GPS.”
As part of the agreement an automaker would have to enter with Google, certain pieces of data must be collected and [sent] 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 …
Apple, in contrast, asked that CarPlay be given access to a single piece of data: whether or not the car is moving. Apple uses this information to limit the functionality a driver can access while the car is being driven, for safety reasons. Tim Cook has frequently emphasized the different approaches to privacy taken by Apple and “other Silicon Valley businesses.”
It was revealed a few days ago that Apple had acquired VocalIQ, a company specializing in voice-based intelligent assistants for cars, presumably to boost Siri’s capabilities in an in-car environment.
Apple added a number of new CarPlay capabilities as part of its rollout of iOS 9, detailed in our what’s new guide.
Via The Verge