Telematics Update has published its Automotive HMI Report 2013, containing an analysis of all relevant human-machine interface (HMI) features by vehicle segment and an overview of “best in market” HMI designs, including those from automakers such as BMW, Audi, Ford, and General Motors.
Telematics Update will bring together companies from across the mobile, digital, consumer electronics and automotive industries, including Ford, General Motors, BMW, Honda, Facebook, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz at Telematics Detroit 2013 Conference & Exhibition (June 5-6, Novi, MI, USA) to debate the future of the connected car.
Rollout begins in ’14 with AT&T in North America
Customers can use connected services without a smartphone
General Motors announced a flexible application framework that will allow drivers to add apps and features to their vehicles after the initial purchase, allowing vehicle infotainment systems to improve over time. The framework enables vehicle application programming interfaces, or APIs, for developers, allowing them to interact with and build upon the infotainment systems in GM vehicles.
The automotive industry faces three important challenges, according to Martin Schleicher vice president of Infotainment Products and Platforms, at EB (Elektrobit) Automotive Software, a developer of embedded technology solutions. The challenges are:
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announced iHeartRadio integrations in Chrysler Group and General Motors (GM) vehicles and a new made-for-driving application, “iHeartRadio for Auto” (iHeartAuto) that will enable seamless and standardized access to the iHeartRadio digital music platform. iHeartAuto launches with support for select aftermarket auto entertainment products.
American Business Conferences’ Connected In-Vehicle Infotainment Global Summit California will be held February 12-13 2013 in San Francisco.
The Summit will assess strategic approaches and best practices for enabling seamless connectivity and enriched in-vehicle infotainment experiences though integration of devices, apps and features.
Nine automakers are reportedly working to bring Apple’s Siri concierge feature into cars within the next year. They are Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Honda, General Motors, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes, and Toyota. Mention of the automakers’ intent was made during Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference. A slide shown during a keynote address illustrated Apple’s “Eyes Free” concept with an iPhone mounted in the center of a BMW dashboard.
Technology provides a building block for self-driving vehicles
The 2013 Cadillac XTS introduces an advanced active safety and driver assistance system that the firm calls “a significant milestone toward the development of self-driving vehicles.”