Saab Picks Android for In-Car Entertainment System


Cars have had computers in them for quite some time. These computers, however, have mostly been buried deep inside the dash, and the only “user interface” has been through the diagnostic port. Eventually touch-screens started replacing many of the controls on the dash. Eventually automobile makers had a choice to make: custom write an OS and interface for these systems, or buy one.

Ford opted for Microsoft’s solution. GM went with Android, through their OnStar system, not in-dash. Saab, on the other hand, has opted to put Android in-dash — at least for some fleet vehicles.

“IQon provides an embedded computer platform in the car with a modem which automatically connects to the internet when the car´s ignition is switched on. An 8-inch touchscreen provides access to services, including audio and entertainment streaming, online navigation and on-board music storage.

“Our open innovation strategy, using the Android operating system, will keep the provision of in-car infotainment up to date.”

Take a look at their video, I think you’ll be impressed!

Source: Marketing Pilgrim

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Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple’s Newton, Microsoft’s Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow’s “Android Guy”.

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