At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Continental is showing how car drivers will be able to open and start their vehicles in future by using their cell phone. The company is developing a virtual car key integrated in a mobile phone that wirelessly swaps data with the chosen vehicle. This key within a cell phone also makes it possible to personalize vehicles and exchange information to an extent never before seen, and paves the way for new, intelligent mobility concepts.
By Jack Bergquist, Market Analyst, IMS Research
There were some interesting innovations in terms of connected platforms and HMI developments at the show.
Every concept car was being shown with a full colour display and a connected infotainment system, most with interesting and novel HMI’s. For example, the Ford Evos, which has a touch console for the right hand to rest on. It looked very similar to the type of interface you would see in a science fiction film.
Continental has signed AutoLinQ™ development alliances with technology partners including Deutsche Telekom, INRIX, Navigon, NAVTEQ, Pandora, and Ygomi.
“One of Continental’s goals for its AutoLinQ platform is to forge technology alliances with companies, and the Android developer community, to provide drivers with access to new information and content that is relevant to the driving experience,” said Brian Droessler, vice president of strategy and portfolio for Continental’s Infotainment and Connectivity Business Unit.
By Jeff Shariat, inTELEMATICStoday.com
For a long time the biggest problem with connected mobile applications has been the ‘connected’ part. The mobile web has existed for many years, but only since the broad adoption of 3G has a true mobile web emerged. In fact, things aren’t really even about the mobile web anymore, it’s an almost antiquated concept. With the power of the newer generation of mobile devices and increased bandwidth the Web2.0 world is accessible on-the-go. Now the cutting edge of mobile connectivity is downloadable applications.
Continental and Deutsche Telekom are collaborating to bring to mid-sized and compact vehicle classes infotainment services previously seen exclusively in executive and luxury cars. The firms say their aim is to make the Internet and specific applications for drivers standard equipment in all categories of vehicles. In order to achieve this, Continental and Deutsche Telekom are combining their automotive expertise in a technology alliance under the name AutoLinQ. A prototype AutoLinQ system will be on display at Deutsche Telekom’s stand at CeBIT, deployed in a VW Passat CC.
DENSO’s Blue Harmony is among the more recent in-vehicle communications and infotainment systems to hit the market. Like others in the space, Blue Harmony promises compatibility with current and future devices for consumers who want to stay connected while in their car.
DENSO says Blue Harmony will allow drivers to access their consumer electronics devices and off-board information and services safely. Features include voice recognition, Bluetooth hands-free calling, Internet radio, messaging, and vehicle-to-vehicle communication, plus 802.11 WLAN support for connecting portable devices. Consumers will be able to customize display settings in various ways.