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BMW to use Android Automotive OS in future cars alongside current Linux-based system

BMW to use Android Automotive OS in future cars alongside current Linux-based system
Leading automaker BMW Group has announced that it will use the Google Android Automotive operating system (OS) for future vehicles.
From March 2023, BMW Group will expand its BMW Operating System 8 and integrate the Android Automotive OS (AAOS) for the first time in certain model series as a second technological approach to the current Linux-based variant, the company said in a statement.

“We integrate the best aspects of all worlds, such as our own in-house developments, Open Source or commercial software products, depending on what the specific solution looks like,” said Stephan Durach, SVP, Connected Company and Development Technical Operations at BMW group.

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“We ensure that our customers always enjoy a unique, tailor-made digital experience in their vehicle,” said the lead developer for the digital driving experience,” added Durach.

Thanks to the different software platforms, the infotainment system can be configured individually.

The comprehensive control system can also be used in different vehicle series. Customers will benefit from customised, individual and comprehensive digital features and options, the company announced.

The expanded BMW Operating System 8 will be updated “over the air” at regular intervals with the BMW Remote Software Upgrade, it added.
Android Automotive integrates into car infotainment and instrument clusters.
It’s different from Android Auto, Google’s phone-to-dash connectivity system, like Apple’s CarPlay.