Honda Motor Co. said Jan. 6 it was joining an alliance of companies that will work with Google Inc. on technological innovations for inboard automotive information networks, such as global positioning systems.
Other automakers in the Open Automotive Alliance include Germany's Audi AG, General Motors Co. of the United States and Hyundai Motor Group of South Korea.
The alliance plans to incorporate Google's Android operating system into automotive communications systems.
Google has also indicated interest in the development of driverless cars.
Although Honda will be the first Japanese automaker to join the Google alliance, there have been other moves across industry lines.
Toyota Motor Corp. established a joint venture with Microsoft Corp. three years ago to develop information technology for Toyota's next-generation vehicles. The technology allows for updating map data and other services for the GPS in Toyota vehicles, as well as track stolen vehicles.
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