With Android Automotive OS capturing considerable recent attention, some automakers are quick to adopt the mobile-first OS as their leading choice for their in-vehicle-infotainment (IVI) and digital cockpit systems (DC). However, the benefits of the OS will surely appeal to digital natives, there are other factors to consider.
Google’s Android Operating System is one of the most popular operating systems used today. Its open-source nature enables adaption to a wide range of devices. However, Android OS was never designed for the automotive industry. While some Android features are directed for this market, these are add-ons, and not part of the OS’ core. These shortcomings become more evident as we investigate further into the security and privacy in the context of a moving vehicle. Android brings to the automotive industry new threat scenarios. The HARMAN Automotive Security Suite bridges this gap and provides automakers with a secure way to introduce Android OS into the vehicle.