Renesas Electronics Corporation has launched R-Car reference package for Android for its R-Car automotive system-on-chips (SoCs). This package supports Android 8.0, the latest OS announced by Google.
Android 8.0 is the first version of Android OS to include support for functions required in automotive systems. The high-level cloud services for smartphones will now be available in vehicles and is expected to spur the development of new cloud-based services for cars. The combination of this OS with Renesas’ automotive SoC simplifies development of automotive Android platforms. The R-Car reference package for Android comprises the R-Car reference board and an extension board as hardware environment, and the board support package (BSP) as software support.
The R-Car reference package for Android lowers barrier of entry to the automotive market for software developers who have no experience with automotive systems, while software developers without Android development experience can take advantage of Android’s powerful ecosystem and existing application resources when using the reference package.