Safer and always connected experience with Advanced Connectivity features of Android HMI

The automotive industry has seen a remarkable shift towards digitization and connectivity in recent years. The increasing demand for advanced features, personalized experiences, and real-time connectivity has transformed the way we look at the traditional instrument cluster. Today, we have Android Instrument Clusters that are far more advanced and capable than their MCU-based counterparts. Ridot-K, our hardened, connected and smart Android HMI is a perfect example of this. In this blog, we will explore the advantages of a connected and smart Android HMI built over an Android capable SOM (CPU + GPU) with advanced connectivity (LTE, WiFi, BLE, BT, BT Mesh) over a conventional digital instrument cluster built over MCU with RTOS.

Group Connectivity with Dual Band WiFi and Multi Band LTE 

One of the significant advantages of a connected Android HMI is its ability to provide group connectivity. With dual-band WiFi and multi-band LTE, you can stay connected to the internet, stream media, and download updates on the go. This means you can receive real-time traffic updates, weather forecasts, and news updates without interrupting your driving experience. It also allows you to share media with passengers, create hot-spots, and connect multiple devices seamlessly. It also enables advanced and futuristic features like multi-vehicle group rides (V2V) and digital traffic management (V2X).

3-Way Bluetooth Connectivity

Another advantage of a connected and smart Android HMI is its ability to provide 3-way Bluetooth connectivity. You can connect your Smart Helmet, HMI, and Mobile together to access a wide range of features. For instance, you can receive phone calls, messages, and navigation instructions without taking your hands off the wheel. You can also control media playback, adjust volume, and switch between apps using your Smart Helmet or HMI.

Rugged eSIM Approach 

The traditional approach to achieve connectivity using plastic SIM is prone to wear and tear and loose connections specially in an automobile which is constantly under heavy vibrations. However, a rugged eSIM approach provides better durability and longevity. It eliminates the need for change of physical SIM cards and provides reliable and seamless connectivity over lifetime of the vehicle. It also reduces maintenance hassles, increases reliability, and improves user experience.

Compatibility with Android 9 onward and iPhone 

Ridot-K is compatible with iPhone and smartphones with Android 9 and above. It helps capture a larger user base. All the HMI features are seamlessly integrated with any kind of smartphone or iPhone. It also provides a unified & personalized experience that adapts to your preferences and usage patterns.

Companion App for Remote Management 

Ridot-K also comes with a companion app for both iPhone and Android Phones that allows you to manage your vehicle remotely. You can monitor your vehicle's health, check fuel levels, and receive diagnostic alerts in real-time. You can also customize settings, update software, and download new features, themes and Vrooms directly from the app.

Companion App Less Operation for Local Features 

In addition to the remote management capabilities, Ridot-K also provides smartphone-free operation for all local features. You can access local features like music, maps & navigation, documents, trip statistics, lighting etc. directly from your HMI without the need for a companion app. It provides a seamless and intuitive user experience that simplifies your driving experience.

Voice Assistant and Voice Controlled Features

Ridot-K also offers advanced voice assistant and futuristic voice-controlled features, allowing for a hands-free driving experience. This makes it easier for the driver to stay focused on the road while still being able to access and control their device.

Thermal Ruggedization for Android HMI 

One critical aspect of a connected and smart Android HMI that deserves attention is thermal ruggedization. The HMI's advanced capabilities generate more heat than the traditional instrument cluster, which can impact performance and reliability. The most common manifestation of this is poor connectivity in real-world scenario. Hence, manufacturers need to focus on thermal management solutions that can dissipate heat effectively without compromising the user experience. It is particularly critical for 2-wheeler instrument clusters, golf cart HMI, heavy vehicle dashboards, and smart dashboards that are exposed to harsh environments and extreme temperatures. Ridot-K has been ruggedized for thermal (-40C to 85C) and environmental automotive (shock, vibration, bump etc.) conditions for reliable and long-term operation.

In conclusion, a connected and smart Android HMI provides numerous advantages over the traditional instrument cluster built over MCU with RTOS. It provides group connectivity, 3-way Bluetooth connectivity, seamless operation with all kinds of smartphone, full fledged infotainment and voice features. Connected & Smart Android HMI is a game-changer in the automotive industry. As more vehicles become connected, the importance of a connected and smart instrument cluster will continue to grow, making the Android HMI a must-have for drivers who want to stay connected and safe on the road.

Explore Ridot-K, our very own hardened, connected and smart Android HMI that has all these features and much more built-in and comes with OTA upgrades for latest features.

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