Chinese car company SAIC is launching the worlds first Google Android equipped vehicle on April 23rd at the Beijing Auto Show. The luxury car is called the Roewe 350 and will cost $10,000 – $19,000.

This is pretty crazy seeing as it will use the same version of the operating system on the Nexus One and Motorola Droid, meaning all that great functionality of Google Maps like directions, search the web by voice, local search, business reviews and streetview will be integrated.

I wonder what Navteq thinks of this, those guys sell in-car navigation units which accept location based advertising and things like coupons. I’m sure Google is well aware of the opportunity to serve ads into the car version of Android.

The draw for manufacturers is that they will have one of the best mobile operating systems around, built for them, probably for free, as Google will want to push this hard.

This reminds me of the news that JetBlue and Virgin America integrated Google Maps into the real-time seat back  flight tracking channel on their planes. But only cooler.

[Via The Next Web Mobile]