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Jul
2021
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Android Automotive Hacked to Run Outside Cars, Could Replace Android Auto

Android Automotive is Android Auto’s bigger and more complex sibling, as it comes pre-loaded on the head unit and provides more advanced functionality. That includes access to climate controls and EV information, such as battery level and mileage.

While the number of cars getting Android Automotive is growing, the adoption of this fully featured operating system is still in the early phases. Google is working together with carmakers across the world to bring it to more models.

The Mountain View-based search giant lets companies put their own skins on top of Android Automotive, creating a fully personalized experience that looks different from the one on other brands. But the core OS is the same, and Google hopes this approach will help increase the adoption in the long term.

In the meantime, however, Android Automotive is also getting more love in the dev community. Most recently, someone has managed to port the operating system to a tablet and therefore run it outside of the car.

Developer Tom Pratt claims everything is running properly, though Android Automotive’s tablet port lacks Google services, meaning that apps like Google Maps wouldn’t be available.

On the other hand, Android Automotive can still be an Android Auto replacement, as you can install other navigation and media apps. That’s pretty much because the port does recognize the tablet’s LTE connection, the GPS sensor, and even the microphones for voice input.

In its current implementation, Android Automotive barely brings any value to someone who wants Android in their cars. Still, with the right improvements, such as a launcher and more apps, this port could easily become a full Android Auto replacement that no longer requires a phone to power the whole thing.

Of course, pretty much the same thing can be obtained by simply running full Android on a tablet and customizing it with a car launcher, so it’ll certainly be interesting to keep an eye on this project and see how it improves over time.

Apr
2020
12

Community raises money to replace stolen bicycle for man

PHOENIX — Countless Americans are not working after layoffs, closures, and cancellations as the country battles to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases. 

One industry where people are still working and even still hiring workers is grocery stores.

In fact, a 33-year-old man with cerebral palsy, who is legally blind and has a cognitive disability, recently started a new job at the Fry’s on 40th Street in Chandler.

Travis Faust gets to and from his new job on an adult three-wheeled bicycle. When he walked outside on his lunch break Monday, he found his beloved bicycle was stolen.  Faust said his bicycle was locked up with his helmet when he started his shift.

Stolen Bike

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When he called home to tell his family about his missing bicycle, his sister, Brooke Henry, decided to post about the theft in an Ahwatukee Facebook page in hopes someone could help police recover it for her brother.

Stolen Bicycle post

Brooke Henry

“He was really upset so I decided to get on to post asking if anyone saw his bike to watch out for it. It’s his only means of transportation,” said Henry. “It’s gut-wrenching to think someone took this from him.”

Henry said she was surprised by the response to her post. Several people asked her to create a Gofundme because they wanted to contribute towards replacing the stolen bicycle, helmet, and lock.

“The outreach from the community just made me cry. It just blows your mind that people we’ve never even met share such generosity,” said Henry. “There are kind people still out there regardless of all the COVID 19 stuff going on. It was just amazing so we are so thankful for that.”

The money was raised to replace the stolen items within hours of the Gofundme being created.

“I don’t know how to stop the funds from coming but I had to tell people to stop giving. I mean it was incredible,” said Henry.  

Henry said thanks to the help from the community, not only will her brother not go without his beloved bicycle but the family is also going to attach a tracking device to the new bicycle.

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