Google is actively promoting its Android Automotive operating system among automakers. Polestar, Volvo, Renault and General Motors have already shown interest in the new platform. And now the German auto giant BMW has joined them.
BMW representatives have announced that the manufacturer is going to use Android Automotive for some future vehicles. German engineers will develop their own BMW Operating System 8 infotainment software on Google’s proprietary platform. The software will be installed on some of the brand’s models starting in March 2023.
However, BMW is not going to completely switch to the Google platform and refuse to use Linux. According to the company, BMW wants to use the two platforms in parallel so that customers always have a unique digital experience in their car, depending on the car series.
“We are integrating the best aspects of all worlds – it can be our own developments, open source products or commercial software products, depending on what the specific solution looks like,” said Stephan Durach, Chief Digital Driving Developer at BMW. .
It should be noted that Android Automotive is a full-fledged automotive operating system that is built into the infotainment system and dashboard of cars. And it should not be confused with Android Auto, an analogue of CarPlay.
Source: Trash Box