Volvo is the first manufacturer to partner with Google to integrate Android Automotive into all of its brands.
We already showed you the interfaces of the Polestar 2 (Volvo’s sports branch) last week (full test to come), but Volvo would like to go further, hence the idea of launching an innovation portal around the application part.
The idea is therefore to share knowledge, resources, tools between developers, creatives and even researchers ” with the objective of making roads safer for all “ declares the constructor. In reality, this is about develop a complete ecosystem, where the Google system still lacks a program and a base of developers. Volvo insists in its press release on data security and also the need to give its customer approval for any use of personal information related to driving or his profile.
Technically, Google offers an Android Automotive emulator and Volvo provides some APIs specific to the group’s connectivity. Ultimately, we will therefore have to expect applications certified by one or the other manufacturer, depending on what is available (for example, load data, access to openings, etc.). Volvo also has formed a partnership with Unity – which we know well in the world of video games – to manage the 3D part : Volvo will, for example, supply its model of the Volvo XC40 Recharge 100% electric so that it can be used in apps – but we could also imagine games and / or much more advanced applications, like what Tesla offers on its own OS.
We have asked the brand if apps like Netflix, Disney +, or even video games were possible on the platform, like what Tesla already offers. ” The Innovation Portal emulator provides a specific copy of Android Automotive OS hardware and software that allows developers to test and evaluate applications to better understand the in-car experience. So we hope to see many innovative applications in the future. The emulator currently supports multimedia applications and these applications are available on Volvo’s fully electric XC40. “ Paul Aston, Volvo Cars Director of Innovation, responded kindly. Technically, there is therefore no obstacle a priori, in reality all that is missing is the investment in the software part.
Autonomous driving and augmented reality are not left behind : Volvo will provide a dataset, published with Luminar and Duke University, created using Luminar’s high-performance LiDAR sensors, which detect objects around the car by scanning the surrounding environment. ” This dataset can help researchers improve algorithms related to long-range LiDAR sensing, a crucial part of creating self-driving cars that are safe at high speeds and in complex traffic environments. Its detection range can reach 250 meters, a greater range than that of any other publicly available dataset. “