Android Automotive aka Android Automotive OS or AAOS is a variation of Google's Android operating system, tailored for its use in vehicle dashboards. Introduced in March 2017, the platform was developed by Google and Intel, together with car manufacturers such as Volvo and Audi. 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.
Android Automotive is an open source operating system and as such, a car manufacturer can use it without the Google Automotive Services (GAS),[better source needed] which are a collection of applications and services (Google Maps, Google Play, Google Assistant, etc.) that OEMs can license and integrate into their in-vehicle infotainment systems. Volvo, Ford and GM are using AAOS with GAS, where Stellantis didn't licence GAS and uses Alexa and TomTom.
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. The Polestar 2 with Android Automotive is available since July 2020.
In July 2020, Stellantis (formerly Groupe PSA and FCA Group) announced they would power their infotainment systems with Android Automotive OS, from 2023.
Some vehicles from the group, like the 2021 Dodge Durango and Chrysler Pacifica, are already using the Android Automotive-based Uconnect 5, without the Google Automotive Services (GAS).
Vehicles with Android Automotive
- 2020 Polestar 2
- 2022 GMC Hummer EV
- 2022 Chevrolet Silverado
- 2023 Cadillac Lyriq
- 2022 Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric
- 2021 Volvo XC40 P8
- 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge
- 2021 Volvo C40 Recharge
- 2022 Volvo XC60
- 2022 Volvo S90
- 2022 Volvo V90
- 2022 Volvo V90 Cross Country
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