Google refutes claim Android Auto collects vehicle data

If you’re looking to buy a 2017 Porsche 911, you better have iOS.

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According to the publication Porsche was not comfortable striking a deal with Google because of the information which they were asking for, the auto manufacturer was partly reluctant to send data because of its secret nature and partly because Google is in the midst of producing its own vehicle. “There’s no technological reason the 991/2 doesn’t have Android Auto playing through its massively upgraded PCM system”. 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.

The publication says that Android Auto tracks variables including vehicle speed, throttle position, fluid temperatures, and engine revs, information that is collated and then sent back to Google.

If this becomes a trend and privacy will be taken more seriously by automotive companies in the future, Google might find itself using Android Auto only in their self-driving cars, with little to no chance of making an appearance in other manufacturers’ vehicles. Moreover, giving such data to a multi-billion dollar corporation that’s actively building a auto, well, that ain’t good, either. Apparently the in-car system can share information with the Android device such as GPS location as the the car’s system is often more accurate than the connected phone. In addition, drivers have to opt in to provide their car’s data to apps, including Google services and third-party apps.

Porsche’s reasoning there is that Apple only wants to know when the auto is in movement while CarPlay is being used.

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Google, however, denied that it collects so much data from cars using Android Auto.

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