Audi’s latest demonstrator is showing signs of the near future. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – May 20, 2017 Audi Q8 Sport Concept - Full integrated Human Machine Interface (HMI) solution featuring Android. Seven thousand attendees and millions via the web are taking part in the Google I/O developer conference where Audi presented its concept of a next generation infotainment system within the fully integrated Android equipped Q8 Sport Concept. One of the exhibits features Android as a seamlessly integrated solution for in-car infotainment applications, which is being developed by the Android Open Source Community and its millions of members. The Audi Q8 Sport Concept has Android on board. The new functions, including the streaming service Spotify, Google Play Music and Google Assistant all run on the large MMI touch display in the center of the dashboard. The information is also visible in the Audi virtual cockpit in the driver’s direct field of view. This marks the first time the latest new services have been fully integrated into Audi’s own infotainment solution. Navi continues to be based on Audi’s provider but Google Maps is only a push button away. A message center for incoming messages and calls round out the new services in the Concept. Android is currently the world's most popular mobile platform with more than 1.4 billion active users – almost 20 percent of the global population - worldwide. New apps can quickly find their way into the cars as additional connected services that meet the requirements of Google and Audi. Other advantages include shorter update cycles. Good or bad, at some point the integrated Android system will enable us to use the entire world of Smartphone apps in the car. Hopefully only after fully autonomous capability has been fully integrated into the transportation landscape.