Vehicle infotainment systems have always faced several challenges. They offer a limited number of proprietary applications. They cannot be easily updated. And they are not always as intuitive to use as other modern devices, such as smartphones.
An exciting new approach to infotainment solves these issues by taking some of the best features of smartphones and integrating them natively into an automotive environment (read more about Aptiv's collaboration with Volvo to implement this approach). Built by adding automotive-specific features through the Android Open Source Project and supported by over-the-air updates and a continuous integration and deployment infrastructure, this software-defined platform vastly improves the consumer experience, creates a vibrant applications ecosystem and unlocks new revenue opportunities for OEMs.
With these vehicle-specific functions and integration with other digital systems in the vehicle, Android Automotive OS has become a first-rate automotive infotainment system. The platform continues to evolve into a full-blown cockpit domain controller with the potential to completely transform the user experience.
The first implementation of the platform is a collaboration between Aptiv and Volvo / Polestar that is deploying the new system in the OEM’s latest electric vehicles, including the Polestar 2 and the Volvo XC40. Aptiv and Volvo worked with Google and led the development and integration of Android Automotive OS with the Polestar 2 and Volvo XC40, while gaining early access to Android updates and features.
In this white paper, learn more about Aptiv’s contributions to Android Automotive and the ways the project helped transform Aptiv’s own approach to software development.