What's New?

August, 2022

(August 22) Added a new page to list the new major features provided in Android Automotive 13, Android Automotive 13 Release Details.

(August 17) Added a new page to provide Android Automotive 12 QPR3 Release Details.

June, 2022

(June 29) In a new section entitled Unbundled Apps Overview, added these two new articles, Release Notes and Integration Guide.

(June 14) In Virtualization, updated Architecture with two new sections for Bluetooth and Global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). Also updated Reference Platform with new sections for Compliance and Release Notes.

(June 3) Added the Location Bypass Allowlist Policy, which describes the requirements needed by location-powered driver assistance apps to be allowlisted.

May, 2022

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April, 2022

(April 1) Added an article to describe AOSP Host Integration Guide. The App Host allows third party car apps to render OEM-styled user interface (UI) components on its behalf.

March, 2022

(March 30) Added an article to describe Device Management for Automotive. Use Device Management to remotely manage a vehicle running Android Automotive OS (AAOS).

(March 9) Added an article on Configuring AAOS Time Sources under Components.

(March 4) Added an article to describe Car UI Plugins. Use plugins to create complete implementations of component customizations in car-ui-lib instead of using runtime resource overlays (RROs).

December, 2021

(December 23) Added an article on Spectatio under Testing Tools and Infrastructure.

November, 2021

(November 18) Added a new section, Android Automotive 12 Release Details.

(November 16) Added a new section, Debugging Garage Mode in Power.

(November 15) Added an article to describe Using Vehicle Bound File Encryption in Security.

(November 2) You can now use the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 as Development Platforms.

October, 2021

(October 29) Added an article on Complete Automotive Tests in a Box under Testing Tools and Infrastructure.

(October 18) Added an article on Enabling Fuzzers under Testing Tools and Infrastructure.

(October 18) Learn how to use CarAppFocusManager to set and listen for the current application focus, such as active navigation or a voice command.

(October 4) Added the Network Simulation document under Testing Tools and Infrastructure.

September, 2021

(September 13) Added these articles:

(September 8)

Added these articles to describe trout, a virtualization tool that enables single or multiple instances of the Android Automotive OS (AAOS) to run as a guest virtual machine (VM) alongside other automotive OS's, such as an instrument cluster or an instance of OS running the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) on an automotive System-On-Chip (SoC).

  • Overview. Learn about leveraging the open-standards based framework for virtualization called VirtIO.
  • Architecture. The VirtIO spec has been extended to include devices such as virtio-snd, virtio-scmi, and virtio-video.
  • Tools. Learn now to use ADB commands used on the development machine to browse the ADB services and connect to them.
  • Reference Platform. To extend trout, see the material in this article.

August, 2021

(August 11) Learn how to develop a Rotary Controller, a knob and surrounding buttons in the center console of an automobile that is used to control the head unit.