Android Automotive operating system: BMW starts the second development branch for OS 8

Android Automotive operating system: BMW starts the second development branch for OS 8
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From March 2023, BMW will also use Google’s Android Automotive OS (AAOS) for the operating system of the infotainment system and will develop its own BMW 8 operating system on this basis. In a short press release, the company describes this as a second technological path and therefore not a change.

At the Automotive Electronics Congress in Ludwigsburg, Stephan Durach, BMW Group Senior Vice President Connected Company and Development Technical Operations, gave an overview of the company’s plans. Consequently, its own BMW OS 8 in “certain seriesReceived a second AAOS-based technology path (test) that exists alongside the Linux-based path. BMW is not planning a full switch to AAOS, but it wants to go two directions in the future.

The AAOS path is designed for touch and voice

Taking into account that the diversification of the BMW OS 8 will not begin until March 2023, it is not surprising that information on the specific implementation is still scarce. According to the announcement, the different software platforms are expected to enable individual versions of the infotainment system. In addition, the extended operating system can be used in different vehicle series. When asked about the company, it was said that the AAOS-based version would be designed for operation via touch and voice only, while the Linux version would also be designed for physical controls.

The development can be seen right from the start

This division is no accident when looking at vehicles like the new 2 Series Active Tourer (test) that no longer have an iDrive controller. In this model, the central control display is positioned closer to the driver, so BMW has decided not to use the wheel. Series like the iX or the new 7 Series, on the other hand, use a layout with an iDrive controller on the center console. This suggests that the AAOS branch of the BMW OS 8 is aimed more at the smaller series.

No Google service

Contrary to the implementation of AAOS, as in Polestar, BMW will not rely on the services of Google, but will use the operating system only as a substructure to implement its own BMW OS 8, which in terms of design is based on the already known Linux path and therefore continues will be recognizable as a BMW product. However, AAOS allows BMW to integrate apps developed for AAOS and, for example, a white label shop for these apps. “Customers benefit from personalized, personalized and extensive digital features and offers“explains the manufacturer.

Remote software updates that integrate new features or optimize existing ones are also to be offered regularly for the AAOS-based BMW OS 8.

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