Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) and Apple Inc. are joining forces to make Apple’s operating system available to drivers in a new service called Apple CarPlay, which is said to bring all of the features and services familiar to iPad, iPhone or iPod users directly into the car via Volvo Cars’ large center console touch screen display.
BMW and MINI announced four new Apple iPhone app developer partners for BMW Apps and MINI Connected. The new apps include Audible (downloadable audio books and other spoken-word content), Glympse (location sharing), Rhapsody (subscription music service), and TuneIn (Internet radio).
Chevrolet announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show that the U.S. version of the Chevrolet Spark (https://www.chevrolet.co.uk/cars/spark) and Sonic (known as Aveo in Europe) will integrate Siri, the intelligent assistant early in 2013.
By Jack Bergquist, Market Analyst, IMS Research
There were some interesting innovations in terms of connected platforms and HMI developments at the show.
Sony announced Digital Link Sound System, a new product that installs and enhances the audio quality of factory head units. Digital Link Sound System will be available in two models, XDP-PK1000, an all-in-one package to optimize sound staging, and the XDP-MU110 model, a condensed version which integrates with existing or other subwoofers and amplifiers.
Supplier Business, an IHS Global Insight company, has published a North American edition of its Connected Car report. Information on the report is available at http://www.supplierbusiness.com/reports_endpoint.asp?id=173&TC=jday
The adoption of fourth-generation design architectures starting this year is shifting the supply and consumption paradigm in the automotive infotainment business, with consumers having a greater influence than ever before on car electronics, according to the automotive market research firm iSuppli Corp.
Harman International and Research In Motion (RIM) have reached an agreement for RIM to acquire QNX Software Systems. The deal is expected to close within 45 days. The firms said the acquisition is expected to strengthen QNX’s penetration in the automotive market.
Ford is offering a suite of security features to protect its customers’ personal information from computer hackers and viruses.
By Jeff Shariat, inTELEMATICStoday.com