Luxoft Holding, Inc has acquired Mecel Populus Suite, a complete tool chain for designing, developing, and deploying user interfaces for distributed embedded systems, from Mecel AB.
This addition will further strengthen Luxoft’s competitive offering in automotive human machine interface (HMI), infotainment, and digital cluster design.
The Populus Suite works with a wide variety of displays and applications in the automotive industry. Currently a large number of vehicles manufactured by leading U.S. and Scandinavian OEMs feature HMIs developed using Mecel Populus Suite. The suite has been used to produce the cluster HMIs for more than 7 million produced vehicles.
Vasiliy Suvorov, Luxoft VP of Technology Strategy, Suvorov said Luxoft collaborated with Ford and the GENIVI Alliance to develop SmartDeviceLink, which is an open source version of Ford’s AppLink™ software.
“Now we made an open standard-based holistic solution for the car user experience that any automaker can benefit from,” Suvarov said, adding that AllView incorporates the latest automotive technology, including SDLP, WebKit, Blink, and HTML5.
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Ford Motor Company will contribute the software for AppLink™, the Ford-developed in-car smartphone app interface, to the GENIVI Alliance. It is the first U.S. automaker to contribute proprietary source code from one of its products to an open-source project. The AppLink software enables apps from connected smartphones to be controlled using the vehicle interface, including available voice recognition and audio buttons.
Ford will establish a new open-source GENIVI project, with a Ford engineer maintaining the project. The project will contain all of the code and documentation required to implement the AppLink software into the vehicle audio system head unit to enable two-way communications with Google Android and Apple iOS devices. All of the code for what will be known as SmartPhoneLink is being released under the well-established BSD open-source license.
Luxoft, which provides advanced application and product development services, and EB, Elektrobit Corporation, a developer of embedded technology solutions for automotive and wireless industries, announced a jointly developed reference platform for an in-car media server.
The wallet-sized device, designed by EB, allows users to download, share and enjoy digital content on the go. Featuring 2G/3G connectivity and GPS, the device also operates as a DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) server, Wi-Fi hotspot, and Ethernet and USB host. It can also be used as a mobile TV receiver. Luxoft’s client software ensures seamless interactivity with the vehicle’s head unit, rear seat entertainment systems and Android-, Apple- or Linux-based devices, such as iPads, tablet PCs and more.
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.
Luxoft announced the availability of DroidBUZZ, an Android-based software platform developed specifically for rear-seat entertainment systems. The new social media-oriented, In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) software platform is based on Android 2.2 Froyo. Said to feature rich functionality, DroidBUZZ can be easily customized to fit the particular product requirements, allowing manufacturers of rear-seat entertainment systems to significantly reduce time to market and development costs.
Luxoft has introduced LUXdash, a software platform intended to speed development of ergonomic, intuitive, multi-functional instrument clusters with potential to eliminate the need for disparate devices that can distract a driver’s attention.
At Telematics Detroit 2010, Luxoft also introduced a Dynamic Points of Interest (DPOI) manager system, which it described as an interactive navigation software platform that combines social network-like online technologies and location-based services (LBS).
Luxoft’s LUXdash, a “smart” dashboard. replaces traditional analog dashboards with LCD screens that display standard indicators and instruments as well as mode-specific vehicle information and infotainment controls. The solution combines dashboard and infotainment functions in one location, and it can be integrated into a wide range of cars and motorcycles.