Room 1

11:40 - 12:40 (UTC+02)

Talk (60 min)

An Introduction to Android Automotive OS

Android Automotive OS is a version of Android tailored for In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) – navigation, vehicle status, audio, and more. The first car to use AAOS is the Polestar 2. In this presentation I will talk about the changes Google have made to Android to make it ready for the road. There is a a new hardware abstraction layer that allows applications to access the vehicle bus in a controlled way. There are changes to the Android audio subsystem to handle the complexities multiple input and output channels. And, there is a new sub system to handle the rear view cameras. Amongst other things, I will be asking: how does a car differ from a smartphone? What are the consequences of running a consumer operating system in the IVI head unit? Which parts are open source and which proprietary? Come along to find answers


Chris Simmonds

Chris Simmonds is a software consultant and trainer living in southern England. He has spent almost two decades designing and building open-source embedded systems of all shapes and sizes, and he has encapsulated much of that experience in his book, “Mastering Embedded Linux Programming”.

He is a frequent presenter at open source and embedded conferences, including the Embedded Linux Conference and Embedded World. You can see some of his work on the “Inner Penguin” blog at