It was just a matter of time before automakers would actually bring the Android system directly into the cars, as its open source nature makes it – at least theoretically – easy and practical.
McLaren MP4-12C excels in just about everything it does performance wise, from running 0-60 in 2.8 seconds, finishing the 1/4 mile in 10.3 @ 135 MPH and being a monster on the road course. Still, the IRIS infotainment system it features has long been plagued with issues and not so happy McLaren customers – and being an expensive option didn’t help it either. The touch interface was very hard to use when buttons were small and the system was slow and riddled with bugs, crashing and restarting frequently.
Fortunately, McLaren had a new 2014 MP4-12C at Pebble Beach this past week and McLaren Life forum member MP4GASM was able to grab some videos of McLaren’s latest update to it’s IRIS system which is now powered by the Android mobile operating system.
This latest update requires a new head unit and screen which moves from a standard touch screen to a capacitive one making the touch interaction much more responsive and easy to use. Other additions that were not available before are bluetooth audio streaming, tethering to your phone or hotspot to allow for internet based Android applications to run such as a web browser, tune-in radio, weather and more. Voice control over the system is now available as well and appears to work great.