General Motors Co. will begin using Google Inc.’s updated Android Automotive operating system in vehicle infotainment systems in 2021.
GM and several other carmakers began offering first-generation Android-powered infotainment systems in 2016 as part of Google’s open-source platform. But critics faulted that system’s limited capabilities.
The upgraded technology, which will bow later this year in Volvo Car Corp.’s Polestar 2 electric vehicle, will provide additional voice activation features and is easier to use and update, according to the partners. The system doesn’t require the presence of a smartphone, but it is compatible with Google’s Android Auto and Apple Inc.’s smartphone interfaces.
The 2021 rollout will include all properly equipped Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC models worldwide. The system will later be added to vehicles marketed in China under other brands by GM joint venture partners.
In addition to GM and Volvo, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is said to be working with Google on the new operating platform.
The only back-seat driver in designing automotive seats and trim covers is PLM. That’s a good thing.
While you are probably familiar with origami, the classic art of paper folding that results in things like birds that flap their wings when you pull the tail, or plot devices in one of the Blade Runner films.
This is not a piece of modern art: Rather, it is an image from Blackmore Sensors and Analytics of Bozeman, Montana, micro-Doppler signatures of pedestrians (or maybe that’s a pedestrian, singular) walking (see it now?). Blackmore is a company that is developing FMCW lidar.