2nd Annual Automotive Linux Summit September 19-20 at the Heritage Motor Centre near Birmingham/UK.
A major shift is underway in the automotive industry. Carmakers are using new technologies to deliver on consumer expectations for the same connectivity in cars as they have come to expect in their homes, offices and, in particular, their mobile devices. From dashboard computing to In-Vehicle-Infotainment (IVI), automobiles are becoming the latest wireless devices – on wheels.
At the Geneva Motor Show HARMAN introduced a customizable, context-aware infotainment system that it demonstrated in the DOCK+GO concept car developed by Rinspeed.
HARMAN also announced that new versions of Volkswagen Group’s VW Golf, Audi A3 and Skoda Octavia will include HARMAN infotainment solutions.
HARMAN said its infotainment system automatically adjusts to drivers’ tastes and preferences, harnesses personalized entertainment and information from the web, and makes drives time easier, safer, and more productive by learning driving routes and habits.
Dr. Geiger served as chief technology officer and executive vice president at Harman International Industries, Inc., and chief executive officer, Harman Becker Automotive Systems. Prior to joining Harman, he was chief technology officer for Thomson Consumer Electronics. He continues to serve as chief technology officer for Automotive Electronics at Johnson Controls, Inc.
“The transition to multi-modal mobility, accelerated expansion of broadband communications, increasingly sophisticated device integration, and the converging market for personalized mobility and cloud-based computing, positions Agero to be a leader in the market,” said Dr. Geiger.
Ethernet automotive solution delivers 100Mbps over unshielded single twisted pair cable
Broadcom Corporation announced the world’s broadest automotive Ethernet portfolio, engineered to meet the rigorous qualifications and demands of the automotive semiconductor market. Broadcom’s BroadR-Reach® automotive portfolio delivers high-performance bandwidth of 100Mbps and beyond while dramatically reducing connectivity costs up to 80 percent(1) and cabling weight as much as 30 percent(2).
The Broadcom automotive Ethernet product portfolio consists of five devices including three highly integrated switches with embedded PHYs, and two stand-alone PHY solutions. Each device in the automotive portfolio is designed to meet in-car EMC requirements and extreme automotive temperature grades. Broadcom is TS16949 compliant and AEC-Q100 qualification is currently under way.
HARMAN International Industries announced that it supports the Android Open Accessory Protocol and claims to be among the first major technology partner in the automotive industry to offer the new connectivity standard. With the Android protocol built into HARMAN’s automotive offerings, users can seamlessly control smartphone or tablet content – such as music, movies or navigation apps – through a car’s dashboard or steering-wheel controls.
Luxoft said it is working with Harman International to conceive, design and develop automotive infotainment systems.
Luxoft has been involved in the maintenance of Harman’s current products, as well as the development of future products and platforms that are critical to meeting evolving consumer demands. Luxoft has dedicated more than 300 development experts, based mainly in its Ukraine Development Center, to work with Harman to meet its aggressive infotainment development goals.
The vehicle’s head unit includes the full functionality of HARMAN’s Aha Radio technology, which uses intuitive voice technologies and patent-pending predictive search technology to help reduce the distractions of accessing online and social media content. The Aha Radio application translates text-based digital content to voice and plays it back within the car, making driving safer and more comfortable. With Aha Radio, drivers and passengers can monitor traffic, hear Twitter and Facebook updates, play podcasts from their favorite channels, or listen to streaming music via the Internet or satellite.
HARMAN said its Automotive Division has developed technologies that can beam information such as emails and contacts from handsets and smart phones to HARMAN in-dash head units. Messages are then displayed on the infotainment system screen or read back aloud using a text-to-speech option, so drivers and passengers can stay connected with their digital lifestyle.
HARMAN supports devices from manufacturers including Nokia, Research in Motion (RIM), and others, as well as Android-based smart phones. HARMAN deploys the Message Access Profile (MAP), a Bluetooth standard used to exchange messages between devices. Developed in cooperation with RIM, MAP is approaching production readiness, according to HARMAN.
Harman International Industries, Inc. said it has acquired Aha Mobile, Inc., a pioneer in converting Web-based content to streaming mobile radio that allows users to safely access their favorite news, entertainment and social media via in-vehicle infotainment systems or smart phone.
“Delivering safe and convenient Internet access to mobile users is one of the biggest challenges facing the infotainment industry,” said Dinesh C. Paliwal, HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO. “In particular, the rapid growth of social networking through platforms such as Facebook®, Twitter® and others must be carefully managed in the automotive environment to prevent driver distraction. This transformative technology will enable HARMAN to extend its leadership by dramatically expanding the information available to today’s connected generation while providing a safe, interactive experience.”
The ng Connect Program, co-founded by Alcatel-Lucent, has announced the expansion of the multi-industry next generation network initiative to the Asia Pacific region with the launch of a new LTE Connected Car concept coincident with the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.
ng Connect Program members Alcatel-Lucent, QNX Software Systems Co. and Samsung, in collaboration with Harman International Industries Incorporated, developed the concept vehicle, which is based on a 2010 Shanghai Volkswagen Touran platform.