Can Carmakers Break Free from Google with ‘Automotive Grade Linux’?

In contrast, Google’s Android IVI will come with Google’s best-in-class navigation, messaging, and music apps—in addition to hundreds of carefully curated apps from third-party developers—all tightly integrated with “OK Google” hands-free speech recognition and Google Assistant. And Android has been on the market for a decade, with a major new release every year, each incorporating significant improvements to the platform’s stability, usability, and security. It’s frankly hard to see how automakers using AGL—or other infotainment platforms—will be able to keep up with Google.

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I don’t find it hard to see how automakers and their suppliers can build a finished product from the community work of AGL, but I do think it will be very expensive to do and to maintain. Ultimately a single supplier needs to keep the product working for years of car ownership and carmakers are not looking to increase their cost with every new update.


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