Conjure is a global leader in innovation and digital products within the Automotive sector, working at the forefront of innovative technologies with the likes of Android Automotive and the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). For almost a decade, Conjure has been designing and developing connected car applications, Infotainment (IVI) and cluster displays. During that time we have worked globally with numerous OEM and Tier 1 suppliers on multiple vehicle programmes.
When it comes to technology, Conjure has delivered projects utilising Android Auto, Android Automotive (AOSP) and Apple Car Play. We’ve also delivered a number of projects using proprietary connected car systems from OEM and Tier 1 manufacturers.
- AOSP customisation and custom component development
- IVI, cluster and passenger display UX and UI design
- Full design and SDLC for OEM and Consumer mobile apps
- Connected car (V2X) and keyless entry application development
- App and systems prototyping
What is Android Automotive (AOSP)?
The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is a set of Open Source components, documentation and device requirements provided by Google that supports the Android Operating System across consumer devices including mobile devices and embedded hardware.
Android Automotive, despite its similar name, differs from Android Auto which is an app for smartphones that enables in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems to mirror content from a consumers device. Android Auto is the Google equivalent of CarPlay from Apple.
Modern cars are complex systems that use a number of buses and protocols (CAN, LIN, Ethernet, MOST, etc) to communicate between vehicle subsystems. These communication buses vary between manufacturers and sometimes even different vehicle models from the same brand.
The Android Automotive hardware abstraction layer (HAL) provides a consistent interface between Android and vehicle communication layers. This is implemented by the vehicle manufacturer so that application developers have a consistent application development layer to benefit from.
Android Automotive running in the Polestar 2 being used to drive the IVI (left) as well as the cluster display (right). Photos Copyright of Polestar.
Android Automotive Experience
At Conjure we believe that AOSP will become commonplace within vehicles within the next 5 years, with some manufacturers (including GM and Volvo) already committed to model lines that will exclusively use AOSP as the infotainment operating system. This is in line with numerous other brands we have worked with and spoken to, who are ensuring that they are ready for this shift in the status quo and consumer expectations.
In summary, our Android Engineering and Experience Design teams have commercial experience in designing and building native Android and AOSP applications and components that comply with the Android and AOSP guidelines. Further to this, all developers within our Android engineering team are Google Certified Developers.
Speak to us about your next AOSP or connected car project.