Auto manufacturer Saab today announced the arrival of their IQon "Infotainment system," which will use Android to power a variety of functions in vehicles.

While used largely for entertainment (music, video), it will also incorporate Navigation and will even monitor the car's on-board computer (external devices are generally used for this purpose now). They boast that it will allow upgrading, personalizing, and even "downloading apps like a smartphone" (I can see the 'don't play Angry Birds and drive' PSAs now). The promo video below shows this taking place in an on-board panel, much like a mounted tablet.

No word as of yet to whether the Saab will be rootable or if Cyanogen will be developing it.


Source: PRnewswire

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Will's typical, run-of-the-mill story is that of 'classically-trained actor turned Android smartphone and tablet writer.' If you catch him quoting Shakespeare, it's not because he misses it, but because he desperately wants his Masters in drama to count towards something.

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  • J

    lol rooting a car

    • Ruben

      Agree that the idea of rooting a car is silly, but 3D video chat that is coming with omap, dual and quad cores, controlling robots, medical and science advances all made possible by Android, was funny 2 years ago. Rooting your car to run custom versions of the OS is probably not that far off. Exciting times for geeks like me for sure.

  • http://www.toysdiva.com PixelSlave

    1) Long press the search button to bring up voice search

    2) Say your destination like this, "Navigate to the nearest Italian restaurant with a 5 star rating."

    3) Rest in your car and let it take you to the destination safely

    Bring to you by Android and Google self-driving vehicle technology.

  • Zargron

    The prosecution alleges that the defendant rooted the Android based engine management system of his mother-in-law's car causing it to career off a cliff.

  • Snaxums

    Not to be a snickerpuss...but I thought SAAB went out of business in the recent automotive holocaust?