Android Automotive, the platform infotainment Based on Google’s mobile operating system, it has slowly taken off to date. It has only reached a handful of models, mostly from Volvo and Polestar, while it has also been announced for future products from Stellantis, General Motors, Ford and Renault.
What are the advantages of Android automotive?
The advantage of basing car navigation and entertainment on Android Automotive is that comes with Google services built in. That allows passengers to talk to the Google Assistant to do things they wouldn’t normally be able to do with just their voice in most cars, like adjust the climate control. It “breaks the wall” that normally separates the projection software of the vehicle with the phone, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, from the mechanical functions of the car.
Android Automotive it also opens an avenue for automakers to customize screen visuals to suit their aesthetics, similar to what makers of Android phones like Samsung do on their terminals. And auto companies love this, because it attracts an affiliation with the brand that they were previously very worried about losing when CarPlay and Android Auto first entered the scene in 2014 and 2015.
Hummer’s new electric cars will have a sci-fi screen interface
In the case of the software of the new electric vehicles of Hummer, we found a small peculiarity, and it is his great resemblance to Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the version of the mobile operating system released for tablets in 2011. Honeycomb’s navigation and status bar looks a lot like what GM has done with the Hummer; even the sources are similar, which makes it a system that, even though it is similar to an old OS, seems very futuristic for the time, like the “typical” system that you can find in a science fiction movie.
The old Android Auto is still an option if you don’t have a new car with Android Automotive. Porsche has been the last to incorporatee, adding compatibility with Android Auto in the new 911. Meanwhile, the integration of BMW in the next iX allows instant pairing, wireless phone projection (so no USB cable is necessary) and seamless integration with Google Maps in the instrument panel of the car.
On CarPlay and Android Auto case the problem is that they are limited to a single screen and cannot be projected on multiple screens in the vehicle. Even so, it is still a small “disappointment” that Android Auto is only reaching certain brands, such as Porsche, while CarPlay was introduced by the vast majority of automakers years ago.