Guest blog by Antti Näykki, Business Development Director, Bittium.
This blog was originally published on June 12, 2020 at www.bittium.com.
As a Kanzi Technology Partner, Bittium complements Rightware’s offering for OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers with Android, security, and connectivity expertise. The result for customers is faster HMI development, complementary technologies and professional skills to support their programs.
Picture 1. IVI running Android, built & designed by Bittium with Kanzi tools
Millions of vehicles will be powered by Android Automotive OS in the coming years. The entry of Android-enabled services in vehicles is opening many new opportunities for OEMs to enrich their service and customer experience offering. Android OS units can be updated over-the-air (OTA), keeping infotainment systems and applications up-to-date even as the car ages. The users and also the OEMs will benefit from the fact that new services are always available.
The range of automotive services and applications is almost endless, and this brings challenges to OEMs. Who will control what services and applications are used in the vehicles, and when? How can we make sure that using services while driving will not become a safety issue? How can OEMs control their strong brand image? Developing good software takes a lot of time and money, and this is where Bittium can help cut down the development time for solutions powered by Android Automotive. Bittium’s solutions and expertise in Android, enriched with Rightware’s Kanzi tools and services will allow OEMs to utilize new services faster and more cost-effectively.
Picture 2. HMI running Android, built & designed by Bittium with Kanzi tools
Managing Brand Identity While Controlling Features
When an automaker chooses to implement Android Automotive without Google services (GAS), Bittium's application management solution can provide an application installation client for the Android Automotive IVI system. Device management includes application whitelisting and control of Android application installation, giving the OEM full control over what is available for the vehicle. By managing application downloads for the vehicles, the carmaker stays in control of visual brand identity and can also sell post-purchase feature upgrades from directly within the vehicle. The application library user interface is seamlessly integrated with the overall IVI experience and provides the user easy access to any Android application, whether locally installed or available for download on the application library cloud server.
Picture 3. Bittium application library
Developing the OEM brand for the future
OEMs need innovative and safe ways to integrate technologies in the digital cockpit. Data privacy for both OEMs and their customers will continue to be a major topic in the coming years. Bittium’s expertise in security solutions and Android platforms, combined with the graphics and connectivity features available in the Kanzi toolchain, offers a solid platform on which to build future HMI & IVI environments.
It is said that brand is seen as a company's most valuable asset, and this is especially true in the automotive industry. The brand represents the face of the company, the recognizable logo, and even the slogan. In many cases, the company is often referred to by its brand, and they become one and the same. For these reasons, it is important to uphold the integrity of the brand, and we are here to do that.
Demo Design for IVI and Cluster Displays
Our demo design for IVI and cluster displays was built with the Kanzi toolchain and Kanzi Reference HMI from Rightware. With Kanzi, we were able to implement fast new Android IVI and cluster launchers and other relevant Android Kanzi services in two individual Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 HW platforms running Android Automotive OS developed by Bittium. Watch the demo video on YouTube.
Bittium is a high-tech company specializing in Secure Connectivity, R&D Services, Tactical Communications and Medical Technologies. Bittium provides intelligent and secure software solutions and professional engineering services for the automotive industry. Bittium’s solutions and services help automotive industry suppliers to create secure, reliable, intelligent and easy-to-use in-vehicle systems with shorter time to market. The goal is to make the driver's experience as comfortable and safe as possible. Bittium’s focus areas include HMI & IVI development, vehicle connectivity (V2X), vehicle monitoring and control as well as protection of user security and privacy. Net sales in 2019 were EUR 75.2 million and operating profit was EUR 6.3 million. Bittium is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.