MemberOctober 13, 2021 at 3:50 pm
If Crank is doing good work it will be trivial for them to support all relevant languages. They might only ship English day 1 but if they have OTA update capability they can add resources for other languages quite easily. Limiting the market by not translating into ~5-10 common languages would be silly. As a software developer a common trick is to use “fo” as a language (english loaded with accents) to ensure things get resourced correctly.
PS: French is annoying when localizing because it is almost always 30-40% more characters than english. Maybe they won’t support french due to their mission statement to be efficient 😉
Crank actually provides Aptera as a case study client and actually tells us some technical specs on the infotainment that Aptera hasn’t released. Nice little tidbit is that they will run on a Toradex i.MX8 which provides bluetooth 5 and multitouch (very good for intuitive maps navigation). This puts it on par with a mid tier smart phone so don’t expect it to run Cyberpunk but it should easily handle the workload while having headroom for future potential fun features. They are also using a LG panel and running an embedded linux. The hardware only supports 2 CSI-2 camera inputs so the side cameras likely don’t make use the infotainment system at all (we need 3 including the backup camera); unfortunately this might mean no “sentry mode” (unless they handle the cameras with multiple networked controllers). For anyone still feeling hurt by apple is it worth noting that the controller has the potential for a headphone jack 🙂