World’s First Digital Cockpit Platform Gets Another Major Application
TomTom IndiGO, announced at the end of 2021, is the world’s first digital cockpit software that enables automakers to rethink the driving experience with a next-generation approach providing access to a rich collection of apps.
And as of today, this rich collection of apps also includes Amazon Music, with TomTom explaining that automakers can now preinstall this service in their IndiGO powered cars.
Amazon Music recently debuted on Android Automotive as well, so TomTom’s IndiGO launch is no surprise. IndiGO itself is based on Android Automotive, so ultimately this new announcement is living proof that app developers are increasingly interested in extending their software to cars as well.
In the meantime, Google is also working tirelessly to improve the adoption of Android Automotive. And of course, Google gives automakers the freedom to fully customize the operating system in a way that suits their needs perfectly.
In other words, while the user interface offered to the driver may be different, the underlying functionality is pretty much the same.
Android Automotive obviously comes with next-generation capabilities and offers deep integration with Google services. The Google Assistant, for example, has access to more vehicle capabilities, so drivers can control more of their cars with voice commands.
Depending on the car model, Google Assistant can adjust the air conditioning settings and even the seats, all using nothing more than voice commands. Google Maps also comes with enhanced capabilities in electric cars as it has access to battery information and therefore can estimate range when providing navigation to a certain destination.