February 25, 2014 by John Day
AT&T announced that Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Red Bend Software, and QuickPlay Media™ have signed on to work with the connected car industry at the AT&T Drive Studio in Atlanta.
Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated,intends to showcase its newly announced Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Automotive Solutions for infotainment and telematics at the AT&T Drive Studio. It plans to integrate these solutions with AT&T’s Drive portfolio, including AT&T’s global SIM, bifurcated billing, voice recognition, and 4G LTE network.
AT&T selected Red Bend Software, a market leader in Automotive Software Management, to be a solution provider to remotely manage automotive software in the AT&T Drive Studio.
AbsInt Angewandte Informatik GmbH (Absint) is now a cooperation partner for dSPACE GmbH and a member of the TargetLink Partner Program.
The two companies are working together to couple AbsInt analysis tools − aiT, StackAnalyzer and Astrée − with the production code generator dSPACE TargetLink.
Timing errors, stack overflows and run-time errors due to erroneous model specifications can now be analyzed directly from within the TargetLink model and detected reliably in early development phases. Analyses can be configured largely to be automatic to provide more precise results.
UIEvolution, Inc. announced a partnership with Red Bend Software on a proof of concept project to develop a Linux-based Driver Evolution Platform enabling In-vehicle Infotainment (IVI) Systems to be updated over-the-air (OTA) using a smartphone.
The IVI system has become central to the connected car. The IVI manages and plays audio content, delivers rear-seat entertainment, communicates incoming and outgoing SMS text messages, makes phone calls and accesses smartphone-enabled content such as traffic conditions, sports scores and weather forecasts.
February 21, 2014 by John Day
AppCarousel, which offers automakers a custom app store platform and content ecosystem, has joined the GENIVI Alliance.
The GENIVI Alliance is a non-profit industry association dedicated to driving the broad adoption of an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) open source development platform.
“We are honored to be a part of the GENIVI Alliance,” said Terry Hughes, Managing Director, AppCarousel. “As more drivers look for apps to get the most out of their in-vehicle experience, we are able to serve as the conduit from app developer to the IVI platform to bring the best, most relevant services to the customer, in a tightly integrated way. We are committed to GENIVI’s success, and look forward to being a part of what the future of IVI brings for consumers around the world.”
February 19, 2014 by John Day
ABI Research forecasts that the global shipments of streaming music-enabled automotive infotainment systems will exceed 66 million by the end of 2019 which represents around 93% of all connected car infotainment shipments.
In recent years, streaming music services have shown that there is a market for personalized radio and on-demand subscription based services, listening via PCs and laptops and particularly via smartphones. Now these companies are turning their attention to the car and are seeking ways to offer their services to motorists, moving into territory the traditional radio stations have held sacred for decades.
February 14, 2014 by John Day
Subaru of America, Inc. announced that the all-new 2015 Legacy sedan will come equipped as standard with Pandora smartphone integration as part of the standard Subaru STARLINK™ infotainment connectivity feature. Pandora enables the user to create personal radio stations, such as by genre or artist.
New Infotainment Systems in 2015 Legacy
The 2015 Subaru Legacy debuts new infotainment systems that offer on-demand features while providing easy operation through new large touch control screens, as well as steering wheel control switches or voice operation.
Subaru embedded the Pandora user interface firmware directly onto the infotainment head unit in the Legacy’s new infotainment systems.
Total production of EVs—both pure electric models and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)— is projected to rise to more than 403,000 this year, up from slightly more than 242,000 in 2013. Growth will accelerate sharply from the 44 percent increase in 2013, based on data from the new IHS Automotive Hybrid-EV Portal.
The huge increase in the EV market this year contrasts with the 3.6 percent rise in global manufacturing of all motor vehicles expected in 2014.
HARMAN announced that its Aha Radio service will be a standard feature in all Subaru models and trims sold by Subaru of America, Inc., starting with the 2015 Legacy. Subaru of America was one of the first automotive manufacturers to integrate the Aha Radio service into its vehicles.
Aha Radio brings Web-based content into Subaru vehicles through a connection with an iOS or Android device. The service lets drivers access web-based content through their radios. Through the Aha Cloud Platform, the service delivers over 100,000 channels of podcasts, terrestrial and digital radio stations, news, entertainment, audiobooks, music, Facebook and Twitter feeds, and several location-based services.
February 11, 2014 by John Day
Cinemo and Alpine Electronics have agreed to collaborate on future In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems.
Cinemo will provide highly-optimized unified media playback, streaming, media management and connectivity solutions for integration into selected Alpine IVI devices. A global automaker will be one of the first customers of the Alpine systems.
Cinemo’s multimedia offering will also include enhanced audio and video file playback, support for Digital TV as well as Bluetooth audio. Media management provides combined content indexing enabling CE device connectivity, including compatibility with Apple iAP/iAP2 protocols, MTP, Bluetooth, and is designed to allow near instantaneous access to all media content available in the car regardless of the location or storage device. Cinemo’s Unified Media Player™ is also developed to achieve the maximum performance with the lowest CPU load by advanced usage of the hardware video acceleration.
February 10, 2014 by John Day
The new system will be available when the 2015 Genesis goes on sale this spring and the rollout will continue with the debut of the 2015 Sonata later in the year.
But Hyundai said the same Google-powered destination search feature will also be available to the more than 500,000 current Hyundai owners who have the first-generation Blue Link system installed in their U.S. vehicle.