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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2019 Acura Rdx Infotainment First Impressions | A First Step Into The Touch Pad World

2019 Acura RDX infotainment first impressions | A first step into the touch pad world

One of the greatest design challenges in the modern automotive industry is an infotainment system that provides loads of capabilities, but is also easy-to-use and not overly distracting. Touch screens have been leading the way as the favored option, but Acura is trying a new design that relies on a touch pad with some unique tweaks to separate it from similar systems, such as those seen in competing Lexus models. And we got to try it out in the first production application, the 2019 Acura RDX compact crossover.

The key feature of the touch pad is its one-to-one position functionality. What that means is that, if you have a grid of function buttons on the screen, tapping on, say, the upper left corner of the pad will highlight the button in the same area on the screen. And if you were to take your finger off the pad and tap in the opposite corner, that section of the screen would immediately be highlighted. You don't have to slide your finger across the pad to reach selections if you don't want to, and you don't have to slide back from the last function you highlighted. It basically does away with the need to move a cursor around like you would on a laptop with its mouse pad.

Infiniti Plans Overhaul Of Infotainment System By 2021

Infiniti plans overhaul of infotainment system by 2021

Infiniti is working on a fully overhauled infotainment system starting in 2021 that will feature bigger displays but retain the current dual-touchscreen setup. In the meantime, upgrades including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity will be added to existing systems starting next year, depending on the market.

"Next year is going to be the first step of improvement," Infiniti's vice president of product strategy, Francois Bancon, told Australian outlet GoAuto. "And as we move forward with a bigger display, 12.0-inch, 15.0-inch, whatever, of course we are going to improve the accuracy."

2018 Subaru Brz Pricing And Specsmore Focused Ts Variant Debuts, New Infotainment Added

2018 Subaru BRZ pricing and specsMore focused tS variant debuts, new infotainment added

Local details for the upgraded 2018 Subaru BRZ range have been announced this week, headlined by a new range-topping ‘tS‘ variant and the introduction of a new infotainment system.

Now starting at $33,990 plus on-road costs for the entry-level BRZ manual, the entire range now comes with the company’s third-generation infotainment system, complete with in-built satellite navigation, backed by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage And Mirage G4 Gain A 7-inch Infotainment System

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage And Mirage G4 Gain A 7-Inch Infotainment System

Mitsubishi has announced a series of updates to the 2018 Mirage and Mirage G4.

Currently arriving at dealerships across the United States, the entry-level Mirage ES gains a handful of useful features including a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity. The model also receives a rearview camera and a steering wheel with new Bluetooth controls.