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.
Volvo said it’s linked the Apple features to a specially-developed interface that makes the features accessible via voice and steering wheel controls. According to Volvo, the interaction between Apple’s operating system and Volvo Cars’ newly-designed in car software and interface promise to transform the look and feel of a car’s interior. The interiors will be characterized by their simplicity and functionality.
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).
“We regularly identify apps that our owners rely on as part of their everyday life, and adapt them for an in-vehicle experience they’ll find safe, useful and engaging,” said Phil Johnston, Product Manager for the BMW Group Apps Platform from the BMW Group Technology Office. “Audible, Glympse, Rhapsody and TuneIn were natural additions to the family of BMW Apps Ready Apps.
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.
Through the cars’ standard Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, customers with a compatible iPhone (4S and newer) running iOS 6 can direct Siri to perform a number of tasks while they keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.
By Jack Bergquist, Market Analyst, IMS Research
There were some interesting innovations in terms of connected platforms and HMI developments at the show.
Every concept car was being shown with a full colour display and a connected infotainment system, most with interesting and novel HMI’s. For example, the Ford Evos, which has a touch console for the right hand to rest on. It looked very similar to the type of interface you would see in a science fiction film.
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 industry is currently in a state of rapid shift, according to the report. The market has moved from just one or two Telematics implementations to an industry where all OEMs are attempting to integrate consumer electronics and mobile apps into vehicles, giving access to previously private networks and trying to strike a balance between functionality and safe usability in the vehicle.
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.
Fourth-generation design represents the first industry wide platform with no limit to the features and functions that can be added by the consumer after the purchase of a vehicle. It is also the first automotive architecture implemented in vehicles that does not have a pre-defined set of features on the production line. As a result, the role and responsibility of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and the consumer has changed dramatically.
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.
“RIM is excited about the planned acquisition of QNX Software Systems and we look forward to ongoing collaboration between Harman, QNX and RIM to further integrate and enhance the user experience between smartphones and in-vehicle audio and infotainment systems,” said RIM president and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis.
Ford is offering a suite of security features to protect its customers’ personal information from computer hackers and viruses.
Ford’s SYNC system allows owners to connect digital media players and Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones to their vehicle’s entertainment system and operate them with voice commands. The mobile phone also is a gateway to a number of Internet “cloud” services through SYNC’s Traffic, Directions and Information application that provides turn-by-turn directions, business searches and more.
By Jeff Shariat, inTELEMATICStoday.com
For a long time the biggest problem with connected mobile applications has been the ‘connected’ part. The mobile web has existed for many years, but only since the broad adoption of 3G has a true mobile web emerged. In fact, things aren’t really even about the mobile web anymore, it’s an almost antiquated concept. With the power of the newer generation of mobile devices and increased bandwidth the Web2.0 world is accessible on-the-go. Now the cutting edge of mobile connectivity is downloadable applications.