Android Automotive


Android Automotive lets you build and test your very own in-car apps. How will you innovate the in-car experience?

Android Studio

By building your Android Studio project into a debuggable APK package you can then install, and run it on our Volvo Cars XC40 Recharge emulator.


Build automotive apps using Android Studio. See how they perform in the car by developing and testing them on our Volvo Cars XC40 Recharge emulator.


Get your apps into real cars by publishing them on the Play Store. Test in context, by viewing your apps in the Play Store, on the Volvo Cars emulator.


By sharing your apps publicly, you give everyone driving new Volvo Cars the opportunity to experience your creations first-hand.

Powered by Android

We’ve joined forces with Google to give people the same experience in our cars that they’re used to on their phones. With an operating system powered by Android, we’ve completely restructured in-car infotainment in our new line of vehicles. This state-of-the-art technology will revolutionise the way our customers interact with their Volvo. Learn more.

Interior of a Volvo car front panel.

Build in-car apps

Use Android Studio, to develop media apps for Android Automotive. When ready, test them in our Volvo Cars XC40 Recharge emulator. View Android Automotive SDK.

Woman seen from the back sitting in the drivers seat while interacting with a Volvo car’s infotainment system.


Android Automotive is a base Android platform that runs pre-installed Android Applications as well as (optional) second- and third-party Android Applications.

Android Automotive offers openness, customization, and scale to automotive infotainment systems and head units.

Android Automotive is not a fork or parallel development of Android. It is the same codebase and lives in the same repository as the Android shipped on phones, tablets, smartwatches, etc., but with some extra features that make it safer to use while driving, and more connected to the vehicle hardware.

Android Auto is a platform running on the user’s phone, projecting the Android Auto user experience to a compatible in-vehicle infotainment system over a USB or WiFi connection.

Android Automotive is an operating system and platform running directly on the in-vehicle hardware, powering the infotainment experience.

You can currently build Media Player apps that can be distributed through the Automotive Play store. Android Automotive OS includes a set of APIs that handle playback and browsing experiences for media apps in cars.

In the course of building Android into a full-featured platform for infotainment, Google are adding support for automotive-specific requirements, features, and technologies. Android Automotive will be a full-stack, turnkey automotive infotainment platform, just as Android is for mobile today.

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