Electric Volvo Xc40 Getting Android-powered Infotainment System

Electric Volvo XC40 Getting Android-Powered Infotainment System

Android-powered infotainment systems have been around for a few years now, although made by third-party companies. That's about to change starting next week, as the electric Volvo XC40 will become the first vehicle to get such a feature, straight from the factory.

Sony's New Carplay Infotainment Unit Puts A Tablet In Your Car

Sony's New CarPlay Infotainment Unit Puts A Tablet In Your Car

One of the advantages and features of Tesla’s cars is that they come with a huge infotainment display. If you’re looking to furnish your car with a similar system, then you might be interested to learn that Sony has recently debuted their new CarPlay infotainment unit that comes with a pretty big 8.95-inch display.

Granted, it’s probably still not as big as you might find in a Tesla, but it should still be big enough where you can show information like maps and view it clearly. This unit will support both CarPlay and Android Auto, depending on your personal preference. It is also designed to fit into a single-DIN space in your dashboard, meaning that it shouldn’t be an issue getting it to fit into most cars.

Hands On With Polestar's Android Automotive Os Infotainment System

Hands on with Polestar's Android Automotive OS infotainment system

Walking into Dogpatch Studios on San Francisco's east side, the Polestar 2 sits in the center of the stark industrial space, its 20-inch Continentals resting on the bare concrete floor. The all-electric hatchback sedan, which Polestar says will offer 275 miles of range, is dressed like a Stormtropper; Snow White paint, matte black grille, dark wheels and trim.

A spinoff of Volvo, Polestar calls itself an "electric performance brand", and the Polestar 2 will rival the Tesla Model 3. It was first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and this the first time it's being shown in the United States. It's striking in the flesh with tight proportions and a powerful, purposeful stance.

Google Opens Android Infotainment System To Third-party Media Apps

Google opens Android infotainment system to third-party media apps

Now that Google has a full-fledged car infotainment platform in Android Automotive, it's opening the door to apps built for that platform. As of Google I/O, developers will have the power to create media apps for Android Automotive-equipped cars like the upcoming Polestar 2. It's using the same underlying framework as Android Auto, which should ensure that a favorite music or audiobook app will work properly across different touchscreen sizes and car customizations. You'll have to wait awhile for the first apps since the Polestar 2 doesn't arrive until 2020, and there aren't any publicly announced partners (although a preview graphic does show NPR One). Don't be surprised if the app ecosystem expands over the months ahead, though. And yes, Google intends to open Android Automotive to more than just media apps. The company has "plans" to enable apps for navigation, communication "and beyond," so you might have alternatives if you don't care for Google Maps or need a third-party internet calling service. The aim is ultimately to create an app ecosystem for cars that more closely resembles what you see on phones, rather than another take on the walled-off environments you see today. Android Developers

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Clarion At Ces 2019 | Autonomous Cars, Infotainment And More

Clarion at CES 2019 | Autonomous cars, infotainment and more

To most people, Clarion is known for high-end aftermarket car audio equipment and some sweet tuner cars. While that does make up a good portion of the Japanese company's business, CES 2019 showed that Clarion is involved in far more than just head units and subwoofers. Its engineers have been working on everything from autonomous cars to surround-view cameras to new and highly customizable infotainment systems and instrument clusters. Autoblog was one of the first to see Clarion's new in-car tech, so check out the videos below.

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