Myriad Group, a Swiss mobile technology company, says it is in talks with leading automotive companies to extend Google's Android mobile operating system to the connected car.

Myriad has developed software called Alien Dalvik that lets the majority of Android appllications run unmodified on a wide range of platforms and devices. That lets mobile operators, carmakers and automotive  suppliers bring Android applications into the car, Myriad said.

The relatively new Android mobile operating system has quickly taken up a commanding share of the market.

At Google's I/O developers conference in San Francisco this week, the company announced that, since its debut in 2008, more than 100 million Android devices have been switched on. There are 400,000 new devices with Android activated every day. The Android Market features 200,000 free and paid applications. And apps from that market have already been installed 4.5 billion times.

"The proliferation of Android has been staggering," Benoit Schillings, CTO of Myriad, said in a press release. "By extending the Android platform powered by Myriad Alien Dalvik to automotive manufacturers, we are opening up market opportunities to reach entirely new audiences.”

Myriad said its Alien Dalvik applications allow consumers to experience the same level of performance in a car as what they are used to on their mobile devices. That includes making available new and upgraded versions of programs quickly.

“The automotive industry is coming to terms with the idea that it needs to move faster, shortening product cycles in order to keep up with innovation in consumer electronics,” said Schilling.

Myriad Group has shipped more than 3.8 billion software applications in more than 2.2 billion mobile phones. Its products include browsers, messaging, Java, social networking, user interfaces and middleware. The company provides both individual components and complete solutions.