Android Automotive

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Android Automotive is a variation of Google's Android operating system, tailored for its use in vehicle dashboards. Introduced in March 2017[1], the platform was developed by Google and Intel[2], together with car manufacturers such as Volvo and Audi.[3] The project aims to provide an operating system codebase for vehicle manufacturers to develop their own version of the operating system. Besides infotainment tasks, such as messaging, navigation and music playback, the operating system aims to handle vehicle-specific functions such as controlling the air conditioning.[3]

In contrast to Android Auto, Android Automotive is a full operating system running on the vehicle's device, not relying on an external device to operate.[4]

Android Automotive is Android. Android Automotive is not a fork or parallel development of Android. It is the same codebase and lives in the same repository as the Android shipped on phones, tablets, etc. Android Automotive supports apps built for Android as well as those built for Android Auto. [5]


The operating system was first announced by Google in March 2017.

In February 2018, Polestar (Volvo's brand for electric performance cars) announced the Polestar 2, the first car with built-in Android Automotive, expected for release in 2020.

In September 2018, the Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance announced a technology partnership to embed the Android Automotive operating system in the group's vehicles starting in 2021.[6]

In April 2019 Google opened up the APIs for developers to start developing applications for Android Automotive.[1]

In September 2019 General Motors announced that they will use Android Automotive to power the infotainment systems in its cars starting in 2021.[7]

In July 2020, Groupe PSA announced they would power their infotainment systems with Android Automotive OS, from 2023.[8]

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  1. ^ a b "Google opens Android Automotive to app developers". VentureBeat.
  2. ^ "Developing Amazing Android Automotive In-vehicle Infotainment Experiences". Intel.
  3. ^ a b "No, Android Auto is not an Infotainment OS; Make Way for Android Automotive!".[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "What is Android Automotive?". youtube.
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  6. ^ "Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Google join forces on Next-Generation infotainment". Nissan Global Newsroom. September 2018.
  7. ^ O'Kane, Sean (2019-09-05). "GM will use Google's embedded Android Automotive OS in cars starting in 2021". The Verge. Retrieved 2019-09-14.
  8. ^ "Android Automotive will run natively on vehicles from Vauxhall, Opel, Peugeot, more". 9to5Google. July 2020.

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