Tec team develops modular EV with Android-based control ecosystem
New cars are equipped with a fixed set of software and hardware, which in most of cases cannot be upgraded once vehicles leave the factory floor. Nowadays, the way in which people interact with cars is shifting toward a more customizable experience, much more similar to what a smartphone can offer. Update/ upgradeability and ease for customization are features that need to be considered in vehicles and in many commercial products, for example, in home appliances. Every automotive designer is aware of these issues, and efforts have been made to implement OSs of mobile device for infotainment and navigation. At the same time, recent studies suggest that mobile device OSs, and in particular the open source, universally available Android OS platform, can be used for more critical functions. For example, the use of sensors for safe drive, the interfacing for the powertrain cont...