For a long time now, automakers have faced several roadblocks in perfecting vehicle infotainment systems; the ask from the market is smartphone-like functionalities including the ability to use proprietary applications and receive intuitive insights or alerts, on an engaging interface. Today, integrating vehicles with smart driving companions like Android Auto or Android Automotive Operating system (AAOS) can help address the need. But the question is, which one to choose?
Android automotive and Android auto, a comparison
Android Automotive and Android Auto might be similar in nomenclature, however, there’s a stark difference between the two in terms of purpose and experience.
Purpose: While Android Auto runs on the user’s phone by projecting the user experience to a compatible in-vehicle infotainment system (IVI) over a USB connection, AAOS is a holistic platform that has been solely developed to power automotive infotainment systems without any external connections.
Experience: Android Auto necessitates its users to toggle between their phone and the built-in OS to adjust anything ranging from the car’s air conditioning, light and door controls to connectivity. Whereas AAOS enables its users to manage everything from navigation to all vehicle-related settings over voice or touch by simply using the interactive UI. AAOS also goes a step beyond aggregating information such as weather, traffic, vehicle health, predictive maintenance, and more, from sensors and external sources.
AAOS will be a game changer as it facilitates two very sizeable benefits for OEMs and app developers – reduced development time and costs.
Why build applications on AAOS?
AAOS offers the bandwidth to host a large volume of applications that are tailor-made for the car screen, along with hardware and security support. Here are a few salient features that automakers can benefit from by building applications on AAOS:
Driver safety: Optimize fonts and sizes, text length, contrast ratio, day and night mode, advertising, color and theme, and real-time notifications or alerts to discourage drivers from getting distracted.
Power and boot management: Facilitate real-time responses and early assistance in components like rear-view mirrors, audio players, and more with power- and boot-based management tweaks.
Cybersecurity: Deploy a high-level security assessment on AAOS to predict possible attacks that compromise privacy, financial/operational, and the driver’s safety. Gain deeper access to the in-vehicle network and sensor data.
Connected vehicles – AAOS as the foundation
By establishing bi-directional communication between one vehicle and other vehicles, mobile devices, and infrastructure, a network of connected vehicles can be created with the purpose of triggering important communications and events. These vehicles become more sophisticated with the help of high-bandwidth networks, making way for smart capabilities such as adaptive cruise control, real-time and automatic route planning, crash site or detour notifications, real-time traffic updates, and more. Adding AAOS to this bandwagon instantly improves the delivery of connected car services along with shorter time-to-market on hassle-free and safe driver experiences.
Rethink automobile experiences with HTC
HTC understands the current needs of the automotive industry in fueling the future of smart and connected vehicles. For instance, the scope of a project included fleet management, tracking, and monitoring of vehicles and drivers in a cost-effective and quick manner, route optimization, and road safety assurance. HTC coupled a mobile/web-based telematics solution and onboard diagnostics (OBD-II) device for seamless integration and reading of all vehicle data. Several benefits such as passenger safety, cost optimization, maximized vehicle availability, and improved utilization, were realized through this engagement.
AAOS will be a game changer in the industry, since it facilitates two very sizeable benefits for OEMs and app developers – reduced development time and costs. Leverage HTC’s capabilities in building AAOS-based dashboard applications to read live vehicle properties, through a vehicle hardware abstraction layer (VHAL). As demand grows for smartphone-like functionality in vehicles, make the best use of AAOS with our expertise by creating a full IVI ecosystem for future connected vehicles.