Automotive Software Platforms

Automotive Software Platforms

Publication Date: 04-Jan-2019

The IHS Markit Connected Car Service provides insight, context, data, and analytics for rapidly growing and evolving automotive connectivity both from a hardware and software perspective. Users can quickly access key insights from market developments, put context around events and technological trends, dive into deep data and forecasts, and seamlessly drive analytics to support their most challenging decisions.

Hardware components in the car have become more software-driven, and many automakers are openly repositioning themselves as software-based and services-based companies, by providing capabilities such as smartphone-centric applications, consumer-centric infotainment operating systems, and virtual personal assistants (VPAs) in the car.

This report provides a basic understanding of these primary automotive software platforms, as well as an in-depth demand outlook for these subject areas, which includes an analysis of the main players and market drivers on the global and regional levels. It also includes detailed forecasts at an OEM sales parent level.

IHS Markit uses three categories to segment automotive software platform technologies, as explained below:

  • Infotainment operating system
    • Generic Android, Android Automotive, Linux, Automotive Grade Linux, AliOS, Microsoft, QNX Infotainment
  • Apps integration frameworks and interoperability standards
    • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink, SmartDeviceLink, Baidu CarLife
  • Virtual personal assistants
    • Apple Siri, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Samsung Bixby

This report focuses on software platforms used by infotainment modules in the car. The hardware systems used by the software and services will be mentioned but are not the focus for this report.

  • Introduction
    • Research scope & definitions
    • Research methodology
    • List of acronyms
    • Executive Summary
  • Operating Systems
    • Summary
    • Linux
    • Automotive Grade Linux
    • AliOS
    • Generic Android
    • Android Automotive
    • QNX
    • Microsoft
  • Apps Integration
    • Summary
    • Apple CarPlay
    • Android Auto
    • SmartDeviceLink
    • MirrorLink
    • Baidu CarLife
  • Virtual Personal Assistant
    • Summary
    • Apple Siri
    • Google Assistant
    • Google Assistant Embedded
    • Google Home to Car
    • Amazon Alexa
    • Amazon Alexa Embedded
    • Amazon Echo to Car
    • Samsung Bixby
  • Conclusion
    • Conclusion
  • Database
    • Download

Colin Bird-MartinezColin Bird

Colin Bird-Martinez is a senior analyst with IHS Markit, primarily focused on Software, Apps, and Services (SAS). Along with being a subject matter expert on SAS solutions – such as over-the-air (OTA) updates, cybersecurity and automotive software platforms — Bird-Martinez also manages IHS Markit’s consumer market research as it pertains to automotive technology behaviors and attitudes for new car intenders, with a specific focus on connected car, autonomous car, premium audio, and in-car user experience insights.

Prior to joining IHS Markit, Colin worked for Mintel, a market research firm, as an automotive analyst focusing on consumer behaviors and attitudes as it related to light-vehicle retailing, hybrids & EVs, motorcycles, vehicle financing, and auto service care, among other subjects. In addition to Mintel, he previously worked for as an automotive editor in automotive research/media publishing.

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