Boosting its profile in connected vehicle technology, AT&T announced the creation of a connected car center in Atlanta and a modular, global automotive platform, AT&T Drive.
AT&T Drive Studio
The connected car center, AT&T Drive Studio, is a working lab where AT&T will develop and test technologies to enhance the driving experience, by improving safety, convenience and entertainment.
The more than 5,000-square foot facility features working garage bays, a speech lab, a showroom to exhibit the latest innovations, conference facilities, and more. The AT&T Drive Studio integrates AT&T solutions across multiple companies, and serves as a hub where AT&T can respond to needs of automotive manufacturers and the auto ecosystem at large.
If you visit an auto showroom these days, one thing that’s obvious is the new technology in cars. As with many other consumer products, automotive technology is increasingly influenced by the need to coexist, integrate with and/or compete with the pace of mobile technology, especially the Droid and iPhone. Open source software is a big enabler for what are becoming key features in car purchasing decisions.
Consumer demand for new and more powerful navigation, entertainment and communications systems in cars has been the main driver behind the transformation in automotive technology. This is having a significant effect on cost structures and value chains, ultimately shifting the basis of competition.
The GENIVI Alliance announced that Accenture, Intel/Samsung, Mentor Graphics, MontaVista, Renesas, and Wind River have had new products approved as compliant to the recently updated GENIVI Compliance 2.0 specification.
The GENIVI Alliance is driving the development and adoption of an open in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) reference platform. Launched in August 2011, GENIVI’s Compliance Program defines a detailed set of technical requirements enabling member companies to qualify for OEM requests for proposals requiring GENIVI compliant products. Over the past 10 months, 19 platforms from nine member companies have been declared compliant under GENIVI’s original Compliance 1.0 program.
The GENIVI Alliance, an industry association driving the development and adoption of an open In-vehicle Infotainment (IVI) reference platform, announced the continued expansion of its core membership with key new companies Accenture, DENSO Corporation, and Mobis. Twelve firms joined the Alliance as Associate members.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 215,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Accenture is developing a range of offerings that combine automotive industry and mobility services expertise.
Ford and Microsoft said they are collaborating to implement the Microsoft Hohm energy management application for Ford electric vehicles.
Microsoft launched Hohm last June as a free online application that provides personalized energy savings recommendations to consumers, such as placing new caulking on windows, eliminating air leaks, or installing a programmable thermostat.
Ford is the first automaker announcing the use of Hohm, starting with the Focus Electric next year.
The firms said Hohm will help owners determine when and how to most efficiently and affordably recharge battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles, and should also help utility companies manage the added demands of electric vehicles on the electric grid.