Telematics

Android Dashboard & Infotainment Systems

 With Android quickly becoming the platform of choice for developers of connected devices, Android-powered car dashboards are a natural next step. Given that an average consumer spends a large amount of time commuting to and from work, in-vehicle infotainment systems are of growing interest to manufacturers. There are a few distinct areas in the automotive space where Android is seeing a significant uptake:

  • Enhanced connectivity of dashboards with Android phones. Beyond just Bluetooth-based audio connectivity, enhanced connectivity refers to the Android phone/tablet becoming an extension to the dashboard in being able to exchange rich information and act as a second screen that works in conjunction with the dashboard screen.
  • Replacing or supplementing the core dashboard unit with Android to be able to reuse the rich UX of Android along with being able to tap the Android marketplace for innovative 3rd party applications.
  • Using the phone as the Android subsystem with the Dashboard as a mirror (with a custom UX), which is what Android Auto dictates


 Recognizing that Android will eventually become a unifying OS across multiple connected devices, HSC set up an R&D team to establish comprehensive knowledge of Android's internals, with particular interest in the automotive space. We have built expertise in several areas directly relevant to in-car Android/Linux powered ecosystem:

  • Embedded software development for ECUs
  • Integrating 3rd party stacks relevant to communicate with T/ECUs
  • Developing a dual-OS architecture where both the OSs can co-exist in parallel – helping you protect your current core functions and allows you to bring in the benefits of Android
  • Developing applications compliant to Android Auto interface
  • Adapting Android UX to the dashboard HMI interface
  • Integrating Android and AutoSAR
  • Drastically Improving boot time for Android

(Looking for something else? Head on back to our Embedded Android page for more information on our technical capabilities and the industries we serve)

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