In essence, Android Automotive is Android. It is not a fork or a version developed in parallel with Android on a phone. They have the same source code background, the same code management, the same security mechanism, the same programming engine and tools. Thanks to the highly customizable and flexible structure of Android, Android Automotive will be adapted for use in vehicles with a larger screen and user operation is also slightly different to ensure safety.
Currently, only car manufacturers can integrate Android Automotive OS into their cars, unlike Android Auto which can be supported by third parties producing infotainment heads as we currently see it. now on. There is a possibility that this will change in the future.
And if the smartphone or tablet has Google Play Services to support running Google-related applications and features, then the car will have Google Automotive Services (GAS). GAS is a collection of apps and services that car manufacturers can integrate into their vehicles, which of course requires a license from Google to do this (the smartphone too).
Android Automotive was first introduced in March 2017 jointly developed by Google, Intel, Volvo, and Audio.
Which apps are supported
Currently, Android Automotive OS supports the following types of apps:
Media app: These are apps for playing music, playing radio, playing audio books, and other types of audio content.
Messaging app: This type of app is for you to receive notifications about messages you have just received, read voice messages, use your voice to send reply messages …
App directions, parking, battery charging app: These are apps that make driving more convenient and easier, Google Maps is an example. Parking search apps also fall into this category. In addition, with electric cars, the car also supports an app to find the battery charging point.
There are car manufacturers that use Android Automotive
Currently, there are not many automakers using Android Automotive on the models sold in the market. In February 2019, Polestar (Volve’s electric vehicle brand) introduced the Polestar 2, the first car to integrate Android Automotive, and it went on sale in 2020.
In September 2018, the alliance of Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubish announced the cooperation with Google to bring Android Automotive to their cars from 2021. In September 2019 it was General Motors’ turn to announce similar plans.
In April 2019, Google started opening APIs so that developers could start building apps for Android Automotive.
Recently, in February 2021, Ford announced that it would use Android Automotive for Ford and Lincoln cars from 2023 onwards.
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