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Open-source Android In-Vehicle Infotainment Unit

GM Research & Development over the past two years has been developing Infotainment prototypes that marry the advantages of open-source down-loadable app frameworks such as Android with the reliability, stability, and security of traditional automotive Infotainment systems. In this presentation, PK Mishra from General Motors will talk about the various industry challenges of bringing embedded platforms such as Android into the vehicle, and share GM R&D's insights from the development of drivable vehicles with Android Infotainment units.


P.K. Mishra is an entrepreneur at heart and has been part of many innovative projects during the past 8 years in the automotive industry. He has worked on automotive products, electronics, software, and services ranging from safety-critical by-wire systems right up to to entertainment and multimedia applications.

His first project was in General Motors in 2002 as the lead software architect of the drivable Chevrolet GM Sequel Hydrogen fuel-cell concept X-by-wire car that drove 300 miles on a tank of Hydrogen gas. This vehicle demonstrated X-by-wire technologies such as Steer-by-wire, Brake-by-wire, and Propulsion-by-wire in addition to fuel-cell technologies. In 2005, PK Mishra was placed on an international assignment in GM Europe (SAAB) where he was the author of many industry standard software specifications within the consortium called AUTOSAR that has many applications in production vehicles on the road today. On his return to US in 2009, he was the project lead in GM Research & Development that developed production-feasible research prototypes of an open-source Infotainment system based on Android. PK Mishra recently relocated from Detroit to Silicon Valley to work on a new assignment at the GM Advanced Technology Silicon Valley Office for GM Research and GM Ventures LLC to rapidly deploy innovative start-up technologies in GM automobiles.

P.K. Mishra received his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from IIT in India, M.Sc. in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and his MBA from the University of Michigan.

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