Ford, Google Strike Six-Year Partnership

Beginning in 2023, all new Ford and Lincoln vehicles will have Google apps and services built in.

This gives Ford access to Google’s artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data tools, which Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai says will aid Ford’s ongoing evolution and benefit customers.

The most immediate customer-facing benefit of the partnership is the use of the Android OS in future Ford and Lincoln vehicles sold everywhere excluding China.

The flexibility of the platform should also make it easier for third parties to develop apps that further improve the ownership experience.

Though Google will become the de facto OS, Ford confirms that future vehicles will still be able to support features like Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa.

To better ensure mutual benefits, Google and Ford are also creating a joint group called Team Upshift.

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