An interview with Scott Frank, Airbiquity Vice President of Marketing
Q: When do you think the first truly autonomous vehicle will reach a dealer showroom?
A: In early 2014 when autonomous cars began to receive widespread media attention 2020 was most cited as the year we’d see them come to fruition. Airbiquity always felt 2020 was overly ambitious for two reasons – both of which have to do with the lead-time necessary to accomplish something of this magnitude while maintaining the necessary safety and integration standards.
In February last year I asked the question “Will My Car be Safe to Drive?” where I worried that the safety-critical software aboard new cars (there is lots and lots of it) might not be reliable. Well I am still concerned about that, but now I have a new worry. Never mind bugs, what about hackers trying to sabotage this complex software aboard?
Four different sensors mounted to the rear of the vehicle keep the driver informed at all times about exactly what is going on behind.
The sensors connect to a waterproof control box that connects via wireless technology to a display placed on the front of the vehicle. The control box can be mounded inside or outside the vehicle.
fliCharge USB PowerDisc Allows In-Vehicle Charging of Tablets as well as Smartphones and Other Devices
fliCharge International Ltd. (fliCharge), which developed the wireless smartphone charging technology used in vehicles from Chrysler, Ford, and Toyota, has introduced a USB Auto-Detect PowerDisc for charging iPads, tablets, smartphones and a wide variety of other devices.
The patented fliCharge wire-free conductive charging technology is cost effective and safe, and has industry-leading charging efficiencies of over 95%, according to the company.
The technology can simultaneously charge multiple devices on the same charging pad, regardless of their power requirements or position on the pad. According to fliCharge, its technology is the only interoperable wire-free charging solution that can simultaneously charge multiple devices on the same charging pad regardless of their power requirement or position on the pad.
Symphony Teleca will provide its pre-Integrated Android Auto solution for multiple Automotive In-Vehicle-Infotainment platforms covering Android, Microsoft Windows and various flavors of the Linux operating system. The solution supports leading System-on-Chips (SoCs) including TI’s “Jacinto 6” family of automotive processors.
The solution accelerator is said to feature a deep platform integration to support clean audio/video focus handling between various sources, and smooth transition between native and projected mode HMI. According to the company, it will help SoC Suppliers, Tier1s and OEMs to bring optimized Android Auto implementations to market faster. Symphony Teleca can provide testing services to run the Projection Compatibility Test Suite to accelerate production certification from Google.
Hyundai will debut and demonstrate the Blue Link smartwatch app at Pepcom’s Digital Experience on January 5 and at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES®) January 6-9.
Hyundai’s cloud-based Blue Link platform allows features like remote start and service information to be quickly accessed through devices like smartwatches and smartphones. Hyundai partnered with Station Digital Media to develop the Blue Link smartwatch app.
At the SAE Convergence conference, Texas Instruments (TI) added two new Jacinto 6 infotainment processors – Jacinto 6 EP and Jacinto 6 Ex, alternatively designated DRA75x.
The new processors incorporate signal processing functionality allowing automakers to augment infotainment and also pair informational advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) features. With that combination, automakers can build cars with digital cockpit integration as well as traditional infotainment features without compromising performance.
The new processors were developed on the same architecture as other “Jacinto” devices, so customers can deliver a diverse portfolio of products with hardware and software compatibility, without significant increases in research and development or BOM (bill-of-materials).
The Mustang Owner app is available on both Android and iOS platforms, and provides Mustang owners with detailed information about the car’s features and capabilities.
Making use of an augmented reality feature, app users will be able to scan various interior and exterior shots of the new Ford Mustang to learn more about the function of components and other details.
Content within the app is searchable to make relevant information easy to access. There are Mustang trivia, wallpapers and ringtones, as well as links for accessories, apparel and social media websites.
VOXX Electronics Corp (VEC) has begun shipping the Android Tablet Vehicle Entertainment System, which includes an Android tablet, universal seatback mount system & accessories for both in car and portable use.
The Google Certified 8-inch Android Tablet quickly converts to a secure in-vehicle rear seat entertainment system (RSE) using a unique mounting mechanism that mounts to the headrest posts. It also doubles as a charger, charging the tablet when docked.
“With its unique mounting system that attaches to the headrest posts this Android tablet vehicle entertainment system gives users the best of both worlds – a portable Android tablet for use anywhere that also quickly converts to an ‘installed’ rear seat entertainment system,” said Tom Malone, President of VOXX Electronics Corporation.
Pioneer will license Abalta Technologies’ WEBLINK® for inclusion with Pioneer’s in-vehicle multimedia product line. The first products with WEBLINK® technology will be available before the end of the year.
With WEBLINK®, Pioneer car electronics customers can connect their smartphone via USB for easier set up and eliminate the need to purchase additional cables. The first products with WEBLINK® technology will be available before the end of the year.
Michael O’Shea, President and CEO of Abalta Technologies, said, “Pioneer is the global leader in the automotive aftermarket industry and their decision to use WEBLINK® strongly validates our technology.”