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Honda-Google tie-up puts Android in cars without smartphones

Onboard maps and music apps accessible by voice control

Volvo was the first to adopt Google's Android Automotive operating system in its cars, as seen in this electric vehicle. (Photo courtesy of Volvo Cars)

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Honda Motor has agreed with Google to start installing the Android operating system next year in major models offered around the world, the search engine giant said Thursday, allowing services such as navigation and music playing to be offered without the use of a smartphone.

By tying up with the U.S. technology company, Honda aims to both increase customer convenience and reduce development costs.

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