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Android Auto’s data collection: Google responds to concerns

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In the wake of an article on auto news website Motor Trend that raised concerns over the amount of data Google’s Android Auto software collects, Google has issued a formal statement clearing the air on the matter.

Google responds to concerns over Android Autos data collection

“We take privacy very seriously and do not collect the data the Motor Trend article claims such as throttle position, oil temp, and coolant temp,” said the Mountain View, California-based company.

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“Users opt in to share information with Android Auto that improves their experience, so the system can be hands-free when in drive and provide more accurate navigation through the cars GPS.”

The article claimed that the search giant requires a car manufacturer to pass on all this information whenever someone activates Android Auto, something that has led to Porsche ditching the Google’s offering in favour of Apple’s CarPlay for its 911 Carrera and 911 Carrerra S. The auto maker says Apple only wants to know if the car is moving while its infotainment system is in use.

Source: gsmarena.com

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11 thoughts on “Android Auto’s data collection: Google responds to concerns

  1. Why would a luxury car manufacturer support a semi luxury Android handset anyways? (yes I’m referring to your flagships droid boys). Besides, if you have an android and if you can afford a Porsche, buying an iPhone as an extra device wouldn’t hurt. It also wouldn’t be the “extra” device for very long. Within days or a week or 2, it would become the main.

  2. I bet the “users OPT-IN” is set to ON by default right Google? With a confusing set of menus to go through to just find the OFF switch.

  3. actually the very first time you turn on location it asks you all this info, and thats even on an older note 2. if you want to opt in or not.

  4. Honest Realist, 6 hours agoWhy would a luxury car manufacturer support a semi luxury Android handset anyways? (yes I’m re… moreMister, if you want luxury buy Vertu. Oh, and that runs Android…

  5. Bodisson, 6 hours agoMister, if you want luxury buy Vertu. Oh, and that runs Android… Yeah but it runs Android, and it also doesn’t work with porsche lol biggest problem of the 2 is that it runs Android.

  6. Honest Realist, 6 hours agoWhy would a luxury car manufacturer support a semi luxury Android handset anyways? (yes I’m re… moreI’ve used the iPhone 6 as a change as my galaxy s4, about a week after I changed back to my S4; reason? All my google data and app data is there and my other Android devices plus i can do more then i can on an iPhone.

  7. OdysseyUniteX, 5 hours agoI’ve used the iPhone 6 as a change as my galaxy s4, about a week after I changed back to my S4… moreYeah, it’s something called an ecosystem, and yeah Android has one too.

  8. OdysseyUniteX, 4 hours agoI’ve used the iPhone 6 as a change as my galaxy s4, about a week after I changed back to my S4… moreNo one cares, get a life

  9. “Users opt in to share information with Android Auto that improves their experience, so the system can be hands-free when in drive and provide more accurate navigation through the car’s GPS.”, so users have to “opt in” if they want to be able to fully use the product! There is no need at all for Google to have and store any information from the user! Why do Google need information for the user to able to use hands free, and with offline maps and GPS-reciever in the car there is no need for Google to have any information att all from the user?!

  10. Honest Realist, 1 hour agoWhy would a luxury car manufacturer support a semi luxury Android handset anyways? (yes I’m re… morewho drives an accient design vehicle i refere to ur porche looks like my great grandpas vw beetle get somin newer and more appealing instead of a relics.

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