Panasonic Automotive announced a production intent Skip Generation (Skip Gen) IVI platform integrated with Android version 9.0 to technology innovators at the annual Google IO conference. First debuted at CES 2016, Panasonic and Google are on a rapid joint development path to create auto-grade intent infotainment capabilities drawing upon specialized expertise from both companies. At only 30 month since first intro, four versions of the Android™ OS have been successfully integrated into a Panasonic reference infotainment system. Now, 5 months post CES 2017, where industry was first exposed to Android version 8.1, Panasonic will again debut Android™ version 9.0 to demonstrate IVI capability at an expected pace of change seen typically only in the consumer space.
“Infusing the technology into our Skip Gen IVI quickly was a primary goal foundationally driven by our commitment to end consumers’ expectations of speed,” said Andrew Poliak, vice president of partner strategy & innovation at Panasonic Automotive. “Enabling instant access to OEM or Google services from the IVI provides the opportunity to introduce these new services faster and allow that end consumer to seamlessly travel their desired features from home to auto to air and back.”
Android version 9.0 was showcased on a Panasonic reference in-vehicle infotainment systems at the Google IO conference on a full-size pickup truck.