On August 15th, Google started releasing the stable version of Android 13 for its Pixel smartphone first. Now, the US company released Android Automotive 13, which brings several new features and improvements for better system customizations and experience.
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It’s a good thing that Google is constantly pushing OS updates. According to the changelog, the Android Automotive 13 comes with new camera capabilities, car framework, connectivity, privacy enhancements, sensors, telemetry, user management, vehicle integration, and many more.
Along with these, the Android Automotive 13 offers important camera improvements which allow third-party consumer apps to access one or more vehicle cameras. In addition, Google has added new properties for fog lights, EV charging, trailer, vehicle weight, and wheel tick.
Android Automotive 13 changelog is here:
- Android camera2 API
- Allows third party consumer apps to access one or more vehicle cameras concurrently without affecting the performance and behavior of the Extended View System (EVS).
- Enumerate camera devices by relative locations
- Allows clients to enumerate and open camera devices (or video streams) according to relative locations, along with hardware details (for example, device node name) hidden from clients.
- EVS hotplug events
- Adds notification and handling of hotplug cameras.
- Car framework mainline
- Added a new car framework module that includes car APIs and car services. This enables the updating of the car stack independent of Android platform versions.
- Driving safety region support
- Allows apps to specify regions for driving safety and allows the system to specify a region and to provide a temporary waiver.
- Migrate the vehicle HAL from HIDL to AIDL
- The HIDL HAL remains supported but new properties should only be added to new AIDL vehicle HAL.
- Support larger payload and batch calls in VHAL
- VHAL can now pass larger payloads through shared memory. Batching calls allows for the more efficient sending of multiple requests.
- Navigation metadata filling for cluster
- This feature extends the Navigation State Protocol Buffer in the Navigation State API with additional fields to describe navigation metadata.
- Touch mode
- Notifications are now detached from focus events in Android 13. In Android 12 and earlier, focus and touch mode are represented by the same C++ native FocusEvent. Touch mode changes are now represented in a new event, TouchModeEvent. This new native event is dispatched against all existing windows, whether focused or not.
- Enable Ultra Wide Band (UWB)
- Provides multi-anchor support for locating UWB tags with an accuracy of 10cm.
- Bluetooth mainline integration
- Turns Automotive Bluetooth into a module to enable updates independent of Android platform versions. Hidden APIs are migrated to system APIs with ongoing support from Google.
- A newer version of the Bluetooth stack is enabled, with support for automotive use cases.
- Vehicular networking
- Adds controls for Ethernet-based networks, including dynamic management of IP configuration, network capabilities, application access control lists, and the ability to connect and disconnect networks on the fly.
- Reference TCU
- Makes it more straightforward to integrate an external telematics ECU with Android through the Telephony HAL.
- Projection support
- Added a new API to include VendorElements as part of a generated hostapd AP configuration.
- API to get a list of Wi-Fi channels and country codes when Wi-Fi is turned off.
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- Support Suspend-to-disk. Power-off mode to preserve the contents of RAM
- Suspend-to-disk and Suspend-to-RAM are supported.
- Control of the shutdown process
- Allows vendors to take timely actions before and after Garage Mode.
- Permission model for auto
- Changes to the permissions model balance safety, privacy and user experience while driving.
- Post-drive permission decision reminder
- Reminds users who have parked of permission decisions made while they were driving.
- Recent permission decisions
- Recent permission decisions are surfaced within Privacy Settings, enabling users to change permission decisions.
- Privacy dashboard for auto
- Allows users to review recent app permission usage within Privacy Settings, including a timeline of events for sensors (such as location, microphone, and camera) and sub-attribution for GMSCore usage.
- New sensor types in the Android sensor framework
- Added new Inertial Measurement Unit (IMUs) sensor types for Limited Axes and Heading to support different sensor configurations and navigation use cases.
- OEM telemetry
- Enables OEMs to use an Android-powered infotainment system to configure and collect In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) and vehicle data.
- Improved user lifecycle events management
- Added a new user lifecycle filter to improve performance and simplify client code.
- New VHAL properties
- Added new properites for fog lights, EV charging, trailer, vehicle weight, and wheel tick.