It seems like Google is all set to jump into the full-time business of providing the control of your vehicle through Android OS. The Google I/O developer conference last year provided us with an unprecedented Android-powered Sedan which even captured the attention of Automotive manufacturers. Studies show that the rate of automakers who are willing to invest more and more in Google’s project is increasing day by day. Android’s VP Engineering, Patrick Brady, while talking about this unexpected hype, said:
The traction we’re seeing in the car space is just ridiculous. It’s surprising even to us and has caught us off guard.
Android Auto came out last year which helped users control most of the functions of their car with their smartphones and tablets. The purpose built OS was primarily used to control some basic functionalities of cars including control of instrumental panel and opening or closing of the windows.
Maserati As A Test Case
Maserati Ghibli was the choice of Android to start with and the engineers at Android retrofitted the 15-inch touchscreen in the car as a test case scenario. The photo below may make it easy for you to understand how it would like in the Ghibli.
Android’s management was confident enough to capture the hearts of automakers as Brady explained the fact that these automakers don’t have to invest millions in manufacturing a car based OS for their vehicle that is not even universal. Android is pretty famous for its ease of use and that’s what the company exploited.
Upcoming Cars With Android Auto OS
The cars with Android powered OS in the pipeline include various manufacturers along with Hyundai, Audi, Volvo, and Jeep. Though Android Auto was released in 2015 and Apple released a similar kind of OS named Apple CarPlay, still, the figures show an ‘all time high” graph for Android’s vehicle-based OS.
Is Android Auto Really An OS?
Most of you might be thinking that is Android Auto a complete OS? We didn’t even know about a second OS by Android. Well, basically Android Auto is an HMI layer over the normal operating system of your device.