Elektrobit HMI software based on HTML5
January 18, 2013 by John Day
The automotive industry faces three important challenges, according to Martin Schleicher vice president of Infotainment Products and Platforms, at EB (Elektrobit) Automotive Software, a developer of embedded technology solutions. The challenges are:
- the quick and cost-effective development of in-vehicle infotainment solutions,
- better and safer integration of consumer mobile devices into the car, and
- engineering in-car systems that can be easily upgraded over time, to meet future demands and accommodate consumer devices not yet invented.
Schleicher says those challenges offer technology developers an opportunity to push infotainment boundaries and bridge the gap between consumer electronic devices and vehicles to create unique experiences for drivers and passengers. He says Elektrobit’s role is to provide standardized software solutions to help automakers and suppliers speed delivery of reliable systems that are more connected and more affordable.
Elektrobit’s speech and human-machine interface (HMI) technology allows drivers to use voice commands to interact with their cars while keeping their eyes on the road. Elektrobit recently launched version 5.4 of EB GUIDE, its software for HMI development. It includes support for speech, 3D, graphical animation and effects, multi-touch, haptic input, gesture interaction, and the potential for integration of applications based on HTML5.
Obigo used Elektrobit technology to develop its HTML5-based web browser engine and Glympse worked with EB GUIDE to develop its in-car, voice-based location sharing app, which is available via Ford SYNC AppLink. Ford is an Elektrobit customer, as are BMW, Daimler, General Motors, Volkswagen, and Audi.
Elektrobit helped develop the navigation and user-experience features in the Volkswagen Golf VII standard infotainment system. Panasonic Automotive Systems developed the head unit and Elektrobit provided navigation, speech dialog software and HMI tooling.
Dr. Gabriel Schwab, technical project lead at Volkswagen AG, explained that “Infotainment systems like Volkswagen’s new modular infotainment platform have become a major differentiator for vehicle manufacturers.”
“The demands regarding infotainment systems are rising perpetually, not only because more and more functions become available, but also because their design and character are becoming increasingly important for the brand character, no matter if a volume or high-end model. To cover this new diversity and to meet our requirements regarding usability and design, we need navigation solutions and software tools that offer maximum flexibility and quality. We at Volkswagen can always rely on EB’s support.”
Audi used Elektrobit technology in MMI Navigation plus for the new Audi A3. Audi AG and Electrobit also formed a joint venture, e.solutions, to develop software that helps infotainment systems adapt over a car’s lifecycle to meet consumers’ changing needs. Elektrobit customers also include major automotive industry suppliers such as dSPACE, IBM, Infineon, Microsoft, and QNX Software Systems.
Elektrobit’s software for connected navigation, EB Street Director, includes a 3D map display, green routing options and an interface to provide map data for an e-horizon. The technology can connect the car to online web services for traffic updates, remote diagnostics, and infotainment system upgrades. The newest concept car developed by QNX Software Systems incorporates Elektrobit navigation technology.