WirelessCar has announced plans to expand the number of applications built on Google’s in-vehicle operating system, Android Automotive. With them, the company aims to help OEMs develop new digital services more quickly. Since Spring 2022, these new applications have featured globally in cars from Polestar.

Announced at AutoTech: Detroit, WirelessCar’s new Android Automotive applications will provide OEMs with reduced expense and little lead time when building new car services. At the same time, WirelessCar will also look to streamline the application update process by leveraging over-the-air updates.  

One of WirelessCar’s applications, Journey Log, collates and tracks details about each ride taken in a vehicle, securely storing the data in the WirelessCar cloud. It is targeted at consumers and businesses who need to track mileage and energy consumption, allow them to categorize trips. The service can also be extended for Usage Based Insurance applications.

A similar application tracks this trip information for fleets, such as those operated by rental car companies. With it, fleet owners can monitor the usage and availability of their vehicles in real time and on a system level. Here, owners will be able to get alerts based on the number of hours each vehicle is used or when it goes out of specified geographical boundaries.  

Another advantage for automakers will be smoother integration of new apps and services, including third-party apps. Any data collected in the WirelessCar cloud can be anonymized, removing any personally identifiable information that would compromise consumer privacy.

In leveraging Android Automotive, WirelessCar hopes to bring automakers new ways to interact with their B2C and B2B customers; seamless, real-time access to vehicle data; and new, built-in, privacy settings.