KPIT unveils app deployment framework, Apps-to-Go
KPIT Cummins announced the launch of Apps-to-Go, its app deployment framework for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems and smart phones. KPIT also announced a strategic partnership with Livio to enable seamless connectivity between multiple consumer devices, mobile apps and head units. The Livio Connect API (application programming interface) will be integrated into KPIT Cummins’ GENIVI-compliant KIVI (KPIT In-Vehicle Infotainment) software framework. KIVI product manager Bhaskar Dani said the Apps-to-Go and Livio Connect announcements both address the same problem – how to bring apps to cars – from different angles.
Apps-to-Go enables secure interaction of apps between mobile devices and head units using the bundled vehicle services API. With Apps-to-Go, vehicle functions, media content and information from the Internet can be controlled safely and securely via mobile devices and head units.
Apps-to-Go can be integrated into any Linux IVI platform. It also works with popular mobile operating systems, including Android and iOS. Dani said Apps-to-Go is likely to help car makers attract more app developers to build apps using HTML5, as apps built using this technology work seamlessly on multiple mobile devices and infotainment systems.
“Our endeavor to enable car makers overcome the challenge of keeping consumers informed, entertained and safe in their cars has led us to develop Apps-to-Go,” said Anup Sable KPIT Cummins Senior VP and head of the firm’s automotive business unit. “With Apps-to-Go, drivers and passengers can not only manage media content, they will also be able to have personalized, in-car experiences,” he added. “Users will never be stuck with outdated technology as car makers will be able to provide updates, services & information through apps.”
Apps-to-Go comes pre-integrated with KPIT’s KIVI infotainment software framework, which can be used for quickly and securely updating features in downloadable native and third-party apps. KIVI also enables integration of safety and driver assistance systems, vehicle tracking and remote diagnostics services.
KPIT Cummins partnership with Livio allows consumers to bring Livio-enabled apps to the head unit, eliminating the need for one-on-one integration between individual apps and head units. The combination of KIVI and Livio allows safe access to Livio-enabled apps through the vehicle’s voice and touch controls. “KIVI is designed to future-proof IVI systems by bringing in new features and cutting-edge technologies, like Livio, even to existing IVI systems rapidly,” Sable said.
“We are excited to bring the benefits of Livio’s innovative technology to our customers in a pre-integrated, production-ready software framework for easy adoption in IVI systems.” Livio founder and CEO Jake Sigal added, “KPIT’s team has remarkable knowledge of the infotainment tech space and production issues. I’m proud to say that they have selected Livio Connect to bring in smartphone apps to the car. With this partnership, OEMs now have access to Livio Connect app partners through KIVI platform in a pre-integrated, production-validated form.”
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