Android OS conquers the car world
The PSA Group recently briefly announced that from 2023 its new cars will be equipped with infotainment systems with Android Automotive OS, Google’s open-source platform for vehicles.
PSA will need some time to implement Android on its cars (the group includes Peugeot, Citroën, DS, and Opel/Vauxhall brands).
Since the PSA Group is planning a fusion with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) – under the new name of Stellantis – it is obvious that the brands of the latter will later also join this movement towards Android operating systems. The primary brands of this group include Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia, Maserati, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM).
The first car to use Android OS on-board is the brand new Polestar 2. Sister company Volvo will be having it soon, also, first in the compact SUV XC40 Recharge (technically near to Polestar 2) to be launched in the autumn.
In the US, it’s General Motors, which is going to start using Android Automotive OS from 2021 onward. Presumably in its Chevrolet and Cadillac brands first, the electric Cadillac Lyriq being an obvious candidate).
A new standard?
This switch to the Android OS by a growing number of brands and manufacturers in barely a few years can be a significant step. Most probably, other makes will follow. And as there are more and more brand new EVs announced, it’s obvious that the system will appear first in the growing electric vehicle market.
Meanwhile, Tesla already has an outstanding system for years, and it will finally have some competition as other EVs will also be getting a more intuitive system, including trustful navigation, proper voice recognition, on the spot software updates, and other features.
It is possible that, in the future, there will be a new standard with Android OS, used as their onboard system by many manufacturers and that Tesla, of course, sticks with its in-house system, positioning itself (once again) as Apple does in the software and digital data sector.