Intel powers next-gen of Android-based in-vehicle infotainment for Volvo cars

Intel Atom SoC will power IVI experiences in a prototype Volvo XC40.
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Intel, Google and Volvo Cars debuted the latest Android (P) Operating System (OS) running Google applications that Intel will be powering Volvo's next-gen in-car infotainment systems.

Intel, Google and Volvo Cars debuted the latest Android (P) Operating System (OS) running Google applications that Intel will be powering Volvo's next-gen in-car infotainment systems.

At the Google I/O conference, Intel, Google and Volvo Cars debuted the latest Android (P) Operating System (OS) running Google applications that Intel will be powering Volvo's next-gen in-car infotainment systems.

Running Android P, Intel Atom SoC will power these in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) experiences in a prototype Volvo XC40. At the show, the new infotainment system is being demonstrated in a prototype Volvo XC40 compact crossover utility vehicle.

Intel said cars have become an extension of an owner’s digital life in the last decade.

Intel said cars have become an extension of an owner’s digital life in the last decade.

Swedish auto manufacturer notes that the new infotainment system has advanced features like voice recognition via Google Assistant, access to the Android app ecosystem and the ability to use Google Maps natively in the car’s IVI system. Users won’t have to even connect their smartphone via Android Auto to get this functionality as it is already incorporated in.

“Our collaborative efforts with Google and Volvo mean automakers will have optimum compute power with hardened security for the latest Android OS to enable new and exciting in-vehicle experiences," said Imad Sousou, CVP and GM, at Intel’s Open Source Technology Centre.

The chipmaker says that cars have become an extension of an owner’s digital life in the last decade making infotainment systems a battleground for automakers. The company projects that the market for IVI systems is set to touch $33.8 billion by 2022.

The Santa Clara, California-based giant says to realise the full potential of an IVI, car makers need to stop using proprietary software solutions. Intel wants the required OS and applications to be easily customisable, updated, and scaled as is currently being done by Google.

Volvo notes that the new infotainment system has advanced features like voice recognition via Google Assistant.

Volvo notes that the new infotainment system has advanced features like voice recognition via Google Assistant.

“We’re excited to work with Intel and Volvo to bring drivers the next generation of in-car infotainment powered by Android,” said Patrick Brady, VP of Android Engineering at Google. With Android running on Intel Atom automotive SoCs, automakers get optimised processing, the latest software versions and security features Intel said while indicating that its board support package (BSP) for Android is optimised and enabled for the Intel SoC, making Volvo its first partner in this collaboration.