“Hey Google, drive me to Google I/O 2019 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre.”
Ready. Set. Go. In-car infotainment systems — powered by Android with the Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Play Store built-in — have arrived, and they are going to provide drivers of the new Polestar 2 electric vehicle with a really smart driving companion. While fully autonomous driving is still on the horizon, the Polestar 2 with the Google Assistant promises to make it easy for drivers to use their voices for everything from hands-free navigation and phone calls to temperature control and radio tuning.
Polestar is a new, standalone electric car performance brand in which Volvo Cars has a 50 percent ownership stake. The company is integrating Google’s production-ready automotive platform into its Polestar 2. In the future, Volvo car models will also feature Android.
The in-vehicle infotainment system (IVI), running on an Intel Atom® Processor A3900 Series, will be center stage in May during Google I/O 2019. Intel’s automotive processor is designed to give car makers a secure hardware platform for integrating consumer electronics and mobile apps. It provides best-in-class application performance, and a smooth graphical user interaction that can be customized to align with automotive OEM needs.
The Polestar 2 – available to pre-order now, and scheduled to start production next year – will feature a future-proof software setup. That means not only will it be cutting-edge upon release, it will update often, and automatically. With apps and services built-in and optimized for the car, the Polestar 2’s IVI will update as easily, and with the same frequency as a smartphone.
“Polestar 2 is our first fully electric car and first volume model,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar. “Everything about it has been designed and engineered with passion and dedication.”
Intel has been working with Volvo Cars and Polestar for the past three years on development of the state-of-the-art infotainment system for the Polestar 2. The IVI system in the Polestar 2 has been optimized to run on a high-performance Intel automotive system-on-chip (SoC) platform.
“Together with Google and Polestar, we have re-imagined the in-vehicle experience,” says Kerry Forell, Director of Product Management at Intel. “The Polestar 2 is the vehicle from the future. It will make the driving experience easier, more enjoyable, and safer.”
The IVI platform in Polestar 2 uses Intel architecture to facilitate almost instantaneous boot-up, as well as edge computing capability to manage everything from data processing to high resolution graphics on driver displays. Intel also has developed hardware-based security as part of the industry’s first 5G-ready platform for handling on-board automotive applications.
“The Intel platform in Polestar 2 is facilitating the first truly integrated Internet of Things (IoT) application in the center cluster of an electric vehicle,” says Kerry. “This cabin of the future also marks the evolution of Intel’s Virtualization Technology, which helps secure the IVI. Virtualization also enables the consolidation of on-board systems, as well as ensuring that mission-critical safety functions always have priority access to the processors.”
2020 and Beyond
Polestar 2 is on the leading edge of what is expected to be a $33.8 billion IVI market by 2022. According to an Allied Market Research report, the in-car infotainment market is typically segmented on the basis of installation type, components, end users, and geography.
Hardware is, of course, the central component of IVI systems. “As the cockpit becomes increasingly complex, automakers and suppliers are looking to simplify the design, deployment, and management of IVI systems,” says Kerry. “This requires a robust OS, and an ecosystem of applications that can be easily customized and updated wirelessly using Intel’s security technologies.”
Intel is also working on car-to-cloud solutions for the automotive industry that are designed for fully autonomous driving solutions. This includes processors, accelerators, field programmable gate arrays, networking controllers, modems, and other supplemental instruction components that go into a vehicle. Building on IoT connectivity, Intel is developing end-to-end automotive solutions from the network edge to the cloud.
The future of on-board automotive computing is moving toward an integrated, network of in-car processors that work together, and that are designed to provide fail-safe support for each other. Intel’s advanced automotive technology promises to deliver higher GPU throughput, faster CPU performance, and even better security. Intel also is working with automotive and other OEM partners to consolidate multiple electronic control units for handling IVI systems, instrument clusters, heads-up displays, back-seat entertainment centers, camera modules, and other devices.
Intel is accelerating business transformation in the automotive industry by enabling data-centric intelligence in connected vehicles. Moreover, says Melissa Evers-Hood, General Manager of Google Operating Systems Division, for Intel System Software Products, “Our collaborative efforts with Google, Volvo Cars and Polestar will help to ensure that automakers have optimum compute power with hardened security to enable new and exciting in-vehicle experiences.”
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