It has adopted Android 7.0 for the user interface of an in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system it is developing with Qualcomm – a co-operation that was announced at CES in Las Vegas.
“State-of-the art Android 7.0 features give drivers a unified experience across an automaker’s entire vehicle line-up, adjusting for different applications, screen sizes, and resolutions,” said Panasonic. It “is designed to provide a platform to develop cloud-connected infotainment systems”.
The operating system is running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820Am automotive processor which includes: quad-core Kryo CPU, Hexagon 680 DSP, Adreno 530 GPU and X12 LTE modem (up to 600Mbit/s downlink and 150Mbit/s up).
Multiple high-definition displays and location services are supported.
During CES demonstrations will include control of in-vehicle functions such as air-conditioning, Google’s services and Android applications.
Applications will deliver a “safety-focused” driving experience, said Panasonic, which added that the included ‘Panasonic Automotive passenger’ application is “designed to address the challenges that passengers have when entering navigation destinations or controlling music”.
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