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OPPO unveils plans to become a smart car UI giant in China thanks to a new partnership with SAIC

The ColorOS cabin of the future? (Source: SAIC)
The ColorOS cabin of the future? (Source: SAIC)
SAIC is a Chinese state-owned manufacturer responsible for the vehicles sold under a plethora of brands in the country, Volkswagen, Audi, MG and Chevrolet included. The auto giant has announced that it plans to develop a universal connected-car experience that may allow any of its cars to pair to any user smartphone - as well as any smart device around, it for that matter. OPPO has been tapped as the software partner with the expertise to deliver on this futuristic dream.

OPPO may be best known as an Android device OEM; however, it also has many other engineering, electronic and generally smart-tech aspirations, one of which is to rival Apple in terms of seamless cross-platform software and services ecosystems. These plans, known as Project Pantanal within the company, have now just acquired serious traction thanks to a new agreement with SAIC.

The major auto manufacturer was responsible for an estimated 8% of car sales worldwide in 2021, every vehicle of which it seems to want to connect to a unified, "intelligent" UX rated to streamline pairing with devices that range from personal user handsets to the IoT systems all around the car in question.

SAIC hints that these ambitions might deliver on the futuristic notion of a driver's smartphone automatically connecting to and configuring a vehicle on stepping into it, not to mention accessing a "service-oriented" universal UI that automatically conforms to any available dashboard screen, regardless of brand.

This, as the automotive giant has now announced, will be brought to fruition by fusing its "Z-One Galaxy full-stack solution" and Project Pantanal into one confluent service. SAIC also implies that the partnership will deliver on an autonomous driving component, as it will facilitate a generally "safer driving experience" in the future.

The partners have yet to announce when this "ecological domain" for cars might roll out, however.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-08-26 (Update: 2022-08-26)