The rise of the #android-powered car

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Google’s thesis to the automotive industry came packaged in a red glinting Maserati Ghibli.

The luxury sedan, parked outside last year’s Google I/O developer conference, might have looked like just another sports car — a ubiquitous sight in Silicon Valley. But what was inside captured the interest of automakers. And now, some automakers are buying into what they found, despite long-held fears of giving up too much control to outsiders like Google.

“The traction we’re seeing in the car space is just ridiculous,” Patrick Brady, vice president of engineering for Android, told The Verge. “It’s surprising even to us and has caught us off guard.”

Last year, Google introduced a new…

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