It is no secret that Google's Android Automotive OS (AAOS) has made waves in the automotive space; built to offer openness, customization, and scale to automotive information systems and head units, its adoption in production vehicles is constantly rising as it is set to further disrupt the industry.
While AAOS offers an excellent base for connected IVI development, many automotive manufacturers struggle with the limited designer tooling and lack of 3D support when developing Android-based HMIs. Our goal is to empower automotive manufacturers to maintain brand identity and utilize advanced 3D graphics on their Android home screens, along with countless other benefits offered by the Qt framework and design tooling.
Developing IVI systems with Qt for Android Automotive
Qt Android Automotive OS tech preview (QAA) is now available to all commercial Qt Device Creation licensees. Qt for Android Automotive integrates the Qt Framework and UI toolkit with Android Automotive bindings, Android bindings, and the Qt IVI framework.
› Design, build and customize Android home screen with the Qt HMI framework and design tooling
› Seamlessly combine 2D and 3D graphics on Android
› Use Qt-built HMIs as an app launcher for native java apps
› Ready-made integrations to car APIs
› Seamless connectivity between native Java apps and Qt powered HMIs
Try out the examples for Android Automotive
The tech preview ships with several examples you can use as a starting point for your development.
HVAC UI developed in Qt Design Studio, running on Android Automotive OS on an Android emulator. The example UI is seamlessly connected with VHAL properties, such as fan speed, fan direction, temperature, AC on/off, max AC on, defroster, and so forth.
HVAC zoned example
The second HVAC example showcases how to build an HVAC application that allows you to control multiple climate zones within the vehicle.
Vehicle properties example
This example shows how to create a Qt Quick application that communicates with the Android Automotive VHAL properties. It interacts with two VHAL parameters; AC On and Window Locked.
App lister example
This example demonstrates how to use Qt Android Apps Utils to show a list of installed apps in an Android or Android Automotive device and how to handle relevant events. The application UI is created by using Qt Quick.