In-car apps

Overview

Build your very own in-car app! How will you innovate the in-car experience?

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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 called Android Automotive, 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 about Android in-car infotainment.

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

Build, test and release

Use Android Studio to develop media, navigation, and point-of-interest (POI) apps for Android Automotive.

  1. 1

    Build

    Build automotive apps using Android Studio. To learn how to develop apps for cars, read the official documentation on Android for Cars.

  2. 2

    Test

    Run your app in the Volvo Cars XC40 Recharge emulator to verify that it looks and behaves as you intended. Publish the app on the Google Play Store to test it in a real car.

  3. 3

    Release

    When you are ready, share your app publicly and give everyone who drives new Volvo cars the opportunity to experience your creations firsthand.

Code samples

View our code examples on GitHub to get started.

FAQ

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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