TomTom introduced IndiGO, a software platform for cars that can handle infotainment screens and digital instrument clusters. The platform is based on Android Automotive and allows car manufacturers to integrate cheaper software into their cars.
IndiGO is A software platform that runs on all screens inside the vehicle, presents a unified interface and acts as the vehicle’s operating system. The platform works with vehicle functions, such as air conditioning, GPS and mobile network antennas. The program can also manipulate the physical buttons of the car, for example to regulate the temperature or adjust the volume of music.
The platform works with the Android Automotive operating system, AAOS for a short time, and is delivered to manufacturers with access to the IndiGO source code, and with SDKs and APIs. The idea is that IndiGO works like the underlying software for the car, to which the manufacturer can offer its own design and applications. For example, manufacturers can choose to use the TomTom temperature selection menu, or develop their own. TomTom believes manufacturers can save money and time with IndiGO, because they no longer have to develop the car’s core software themselves.
Not only can car manufacturers develop IndiGo software; External companies can also create applications for this that the customer can use. In the video below, the company explains how Amazon Alexa and the music streaming service works with IndiGO and features in the car. For example, Alexa works with the car’s built-in microphones and the Music app works with steering wheel buttons and speakers. IndiGO recognizes the driver on the basis of his smartphone and can upload a profile, including contacts and playlists. The car can also suggest a navigation route based on the driver’s agenda.
The company also says it has taken electric vehicles into consideration with IndiGO; For example, it should be easy for drivers to view charging points at the destination. In addition, the software can set up the battery to charge to enable faster charging, which TomTom will likely indicate to ensure the correct battery temperature.
IndiGO is now ready for customers. It is not clear if TomTom actually has customers for IndiGO and when the first cars will be delivered with the software.
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