Google says first cars running Android Auto software to roll out this year

SAN FRANCISCO, June 25 Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:36pm EDT

SAN FRANCISCO, June 25 (Reuters) - Google Inc said on Wednesday the first cars running Android Auto will hit showrooms later this year, after the Internet search giant signed on 40 auto-industry partners for its car-software development alliance.

Executives demonstrated to developers on Wednesday how Android Auto acts like an extension of its popular mobile phone software and will be completely voice-enabled, allowing drivers to navigate maps and send messages while behind the wheel. (Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic; Editing by Chris Reese)

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