Parrot Introduces an Automotive Media Center

September 29, 2014 by  
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Modern Media & TV Sharing for in-Car Entertainment

Parrot unveiled an automotive Media Center resulting from substantial investment and development around digital TV, Ethernet AVB and Android.

The new platform is being adapted to fit into the vehicles of major manufacturers. Mass production will begin in the first half of 2015.

Full HD (1080p) movies from any connected source or from on-board Digital TV receiver can be broadcast seamlessly into automotive-grade displays and/or end user tablets or smartphone. Each video source offers fully synchronized playback on multiple screens, or independent video source playback on each screen, for enhanced user experience.

2015 Subaru Impreza® Offers EyeSight® Driver Assist

September 25, 2014 by  
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- Rear Vision Camera standard
- New infotainment systems/features

Subaru of America introduced a comprehensively upgraded Impreza® line of compact 4-door and 5-door models for 2015. The Impreza joins the Legacy®, Outback® and Forester® lines in offering the brand’s EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning.

EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is available for 2.0i Limited 4-door and 2.0i Sport Limited; models equipped with EyeSight also come with new Steering-Responsive Fog Lights. This feature, which works only when the fog lights are turned off, activates the left or right fog light independently, depending on vehicle speed and steering angle, to provide enhanced illumination in the direction of the turn. The fog lights are pre-aimed for maximum coverage in corners.

u-blox Launches Wi-Fi/Bluetooth “Internet of Things” module

September 2, 2014 by  
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u-blox announced the ODIN-W160, a rugged multi-radio module for demanding industrial, vehicle, medical, and security applications.

“u-blox’ compact ODIN-W160 module is perfect for small sensor applications in rugged environments, where faultless operation 24/7 is a requirement,” says Herbert Blaser, VP of Short Range Radio at u-blox. “With this module, u blox customers can shorten their product development cycle significantly by integrating a robust, certified communication solution in their IoT applications.”

ODIN-W160 supports dual-band Wi-Fi 2.4/5GHz (U-NII bands 1, 2, 2e, 3), as well as dual-mode Bluetooth v4.0, which includes Bluetooth low energy and Classic Bluetooth (Bluetooth “Smart Ready”).

Toshiba Discloses Semiconductor Products Strategies

August 29, 2014 by  
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Toshiba recently disclosed its future plans for image sensors and mixed signal integrated circuits in automotive applications.

Image Sensors

Toshiba will focus on development and sales expansion of automotive and medical imaging sensors, in addition to sales expansion with Chinese smartphone manufacturers based on the BSI (backside illumination image sensor) technology and technologies that realize high sensitivity and speed.

The current image sensor market is mainly for smart phones and digital cameras and has a scale of approximately 800 billion yen. Future growth is expected on such factors as expansion to automotive applications and bringing higher performance levels to existing applications.

J.D. Power Reports: Voice Recognition Is the Number One Problem With New Vehicles

August 28, 2014 by  
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Automakers Face Deepening Challenges with Technology as Customer Angst Builds

In a climate of high consumer demand for increasing levels of technology in new vehicles audio, communication, entertainment and navigation (ACEN) systems are the most problematic component category in today’s new vehicles, according to the J.D. Power 2014 Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study.

The study measures the experiences and opinions of vehicle owners regarding the quality, design and features of their ACEN systems in the first 90 days of ownership. Multimedia system quality is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher quality.

Variscite Enhances VAR-SOM-AM33 with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

July 28, 2014 by  
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Variscite launched the enhanced VAR-SOM-AM33_V2 System-on-Module (SOM), upgrading it to support the latest and most advanced WiLink™ 8 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo module from Texas Instruments.

Based on Texas Instrument’s 1 GHz Sitara™AM335x ARM Cortex-A8, the VAR-SOM-AM3_V2 targets automotive applications in addition to those in other industries. Connectivity features in the new version are based on TI’s FCC/CE certified dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with optional MIMO and Bluetooth 4.0 / BLE that can achieve effective bit rates of 100 Mbps, together with extended wireless range.

TI’s WiLink 8Q Connectivity Family Now In Production

June 4, 2014 by  
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At Telematics Detroit, Texas Instruments (TI) announced the mass production of the WiLink™ 8Q family, which the firm describes as the world’s most advanced automotive-grade wireless connectivity devices.

The “all in one,” AEC-Q100-qualified chip offers integrated Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, Bluetooth low energy and GPS/GNSS technologies – a complete wireless connectivity experience for automotive infotainment systems. 

Texas Instruments “Jacinto 6 Eco” for IVI and Telematics in Entry- to Mid-Level Cars

June 4, 2014 by  
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At Telematics Detroit Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the DRA72x “Jacinto 6 Eco,” the newest system-on-chip (SoC) in the Jacinto family. The company said the SoC brings feature-rich, yet cost-effective in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and telematics features to the next generation of entry- to mid-level cars. Those features include high-integrity audio, simultaneous multimedia streaming, and device connectivity.

Popular CSR Bluetooth Codec Expands Into IVI with JVCKENWOOD

February 20, 2014 by  
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CSR plc announced that JVCKENWOOD has selected CSR’s aptX® codec for use in its in-vehicle infotainment systems.

It’s the first automotive implementation for the aptX codec, which CSR said is currently in millions of Bluetooth® enabled mobile devices, including 70% of Android handsets.

The codec supports CD-like audio quality. JVCKENWOOD will integrate aptX into 13 of its automotive infotainment products, including navigation and DVD systems.

“Consumers are increasingly using their mobile devices to bring their favorite audio content into the vehicle and they expect to be able to stream it to the head unit without compromising on audio quality,” says Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President, Business Group at CSR.

Top Five Technologies Enabling the Connected Car

December 13, 2013 by  
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By Richard Barrett, Broadcom Director, Wireless and Automotive Connectivity

Car connectivity, advanced driver safety and infotainment features are moving beyond the luxury class and are fast becoming the new battleground for product differentiation in the highly competitive automotive market. Analysts predict that by 2025, 100 percent of new cars will offer some form of connectivity1 and automakers are looking to the latest technologies to deliver the advanced features consumers demand. Here we take a look at the top five technologies playing a key role in the connected car.

1.            Seamless Connectivity with Mobile Devices via Wi-Fi

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