Saab Dumps Apple For Android

Saab IqonSaab debuted their PhoeniX concept car at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and inside handling the Infotainment system was the Android operating system at the helm called IQon (pronounced icon). Apple has had a tough time fighting off Android which it never thought it would have to do. iphones and iPad caught the first wave of touchpad technology to take it into the forefront of public view, but the Android operating system was not far behind and without the proprietary restrictions of Apple products. Those restrictions are what put Android into the front seat of new Saab vehicles.

The Iqon system handles the entertainment, info about the car and includes everything but the kitchen sink due to Android’s open source approach. It not only operates items you’d expect it to such as DVD systems, CD, radio, and navigation, but also a wide array of other features such as stocks, weather, car diagnostics and more. To set itself apart even further, Saab provided the Iqon system to over 500 developers along with access to the vehicle’s sensors for reading data such as vehicle speed, location and direction of travel, driver workload, yaw rate, steering wheel angle, engine speed and torque, inside and outside temperature, barometric pressure, and an insane level of detail that even includes the sun’s position. If you can imagine the possibilities of what a developer may be able to do with all of that information at their disposal, you can imagine the impact this will have.

The video below was released on Saab’s official YouTube site and while the Motor Show only showed it inside of the PhoeniX concept car, you’ll notice that the video shows it inside of a Saab 9-5. No need to hold your breath. You’re seeing the future right now. Enjoy it and head to your Saab dealership for more information as soon as possible. It’s time to be envied.

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