General Motors is hiring 1,000 high-tech employees to staff an Information Technology Innovation Center in Chandler, Arizona, a Phoenix suburb. The Chandler center will centers in Austin, Texas; Roswell, Georgia, and Warren, Michigan as the centerpieces of GM’s strategy to bring high-value IT work in house in support of the business transformation underway.
Rollout begins in ’14 with AT&T in North America
Customers can use connected services without a smartphone
Verizon has collaborated with electric vehicle developer/manufacturer VIA Motors to produce an extended-range electric cargo van. VIA developed and built the van based on Verizon’s direction and fleet concepts, and expects it to achieve 100 miles per gallon with near zero emissions. Verizon will test and deploy two of the vans in New Jersey and New York.
By taking advantage of GM’s flexible app framework, which allows consumers to add apps and features after their initial purchase of a vehicle, the music service Slacker (www.slacker.com) will soon be available to drivers nationwide. GM joins current Slacker automotive distribution partners Acura, Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, Honda, Toyota Scion and Tesla.
News, entertainment, sports and talk radio content aggregator Stitcher Smart Radio has launched Stitcher Connect, described as talk radio’s first API developed for the car. The Stitcher Connect platform integrates the features of on-demand radio directly into the automobile and launches in Chevrolet’s Sonic and Spark models. Listeners can seamlessly access and discover over 10,000 shows on Stitcher in their car.
Thirty one U.S. states have banned texting while driving and nine states have passed a complete ban on the use of cell phones in moving vehicles, so automakers are fighting to develop a human-machine interface (HMI) that will bring drivers the information they want in their cars quickly and safely.
The 2013 Cadillac XTS luxury sedan will use directional tactile sensation – vibrations of the driver’s seat bottom – to warn of crash threats while driving and parking.
As consumers demand more and more in-car connectivity, such as Facebook, navigation apps or video streaming, there is huge and dangerous potential for drivers to be distracted. Thirty one states have already banned texting and some have banned the use of mobile devices in the vehicle altogether. As a consequence automakers are faced with a challenge: How do they satisfy consumer demand for in-vehicle content and adhere to strict safety regulations? Telematics Update’s HMI Report (2012 edition) aims to help automakers and telematics solution providers do just that.
By Bill Laumeister, Strategic Applications Engineer, Maxim Integrated Products