Smartphone manufacturer HTC is rumored to be working on a brand new in-car infotainment system to rival Google's Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The project is being codenamed "Cello" and will bring things like navigation, media, and even night vision to your car's dashboard.
Here are some extra details...
According to release notes from the project that were posted on Reddit, the software works alongside "Sense Automotive", which is HTC's customized version of Android. "Sense Automotive" will essentially bring car-related Android features to your dashboard.
But "Cello" is going to be much more than just smartphone integration in your car. It actually looks like being integrated at a much deeper level with the vehicle's sonar (which is used for adaptive cruise control), tire pressure monitors, lane departure warning system etc. Release notes also suggest integration into the vehicle's night vision system.
If true, this software plus hardware integration from HTC is a surprising venture, to say the least. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are relatively new in the market and adoption of the software has been quite slow. Currently, only Pioneer's aftermarket head units allow users to get Android Auto in their vehicles. CarPlay is available through the Alpine iLX-007 along with Pioneer's head units.
More information on "Cello" will be available in the coming months.
Note: Top image is a simulated mashup of the HTC Car app