Earlier this year, several car OEMs announced that they would be releasing new cars installed with CarPlay capabilities, including Ford, BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar/Land Rover, Toyota, Nissan, and Volvo, with many others sure to follow.
In fact, quite a storm is brewing in the car industry. With Apple on the scene, ABI Research asks what are the wider implications for the automotive industry and for drivers in the future?
Fujitsu has launched MirrorLink-certified Android mobile devices that incorporate MirrorLink enabling technology, VNC® Automotive, from RealVNC. Six devices are now currently available on major Japanese operator networks.
VNC Automotive allows safe and secure access and control of a mobile device from a vehicle head unit or infotainment system. The technology gives drivers access to their smartphone content, such as navigation applications, music libraries and internet radio stations, while on the move. The mobile device can be directly controlled from the infotainment system touch screen, vehicle bezel keys, steering wheel switches and by voice command, ensuring all content can be accessed safely.
PATEO Corporation, a leading Chinese manufacturer of embedded systems for the automotive industry, has selected RealVNC, the global provider of VNC®, remote access and control software, as a partner for MirrorLink™ certified in-car connectivity.
PATEO head units will be manufactured to include RealVNC’s MirrorLink™ certified solution, VNC Automotive, to enable connectivity with all certified handsets.
By implementing RealVNC’s technology, PATEO is able to offer products quickly, minimizing development and test time and providing state of the art MirrorLink™ compliant products to market.
CSR Synergy® software will come pre-integrated in upcoming releases of Mentor Graphics’ GENIVI Linux compliant Automotive Technology Platform (ATP) to provide a complete software solution for wireless connectivity technologies including Bluetooth®, Bluetooth Smart, and Wi-Fi®.
The partnership will deliver an automotive grade connected platform for developing in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) solutions. It enables systems with features such as in-car Internet, smartphone tethering via Mirrorlink, hot-spot support via Wi-Fi, wideband hands-free calling and CD-like audio streaming via aptX® over Bluetooth, in addition to Bluetooth Smart support for emerging use cases such as keyless entry and temperature and pressure sensors.
RealVNC said it has formed partnerships with Freescale® Semiconductor and QNX Software Systems Limited. Freescale selected RealVNC as a partner for MirrorLink™ certified in-car connectivity and QNX will work with RealVNC to bring RealVNC’s MirrorLink mobile-to-vehicle connectivity solution to the QNX CAR™ Platform for Infotainment.
VNC Automotive allows safe and secure access and control of a mobile device from a vehicle head unit or infotainment system. It gives drivers access to all of their smartphone content, such as navigation applications, music libraries and Internet radio stations, while on the move. The mobile device can be directly controlled from the infotainment system touch screen, vehicle bezel keys, steering wheel switches and by voice command, ensuring all content can be accessed safely.
XAV-602BT features smartphone connectivity and optional XA-NV300T GPS module With TomTom® navigation
Sony (www.sony.com/car) introduced the XAV-602BT smartphone-connected in-dash AV receiver, which it said makes it easier and more convenient to experience music, navigation and smartphone applications while in the car.
Sony also announced the optional XA-NV300T navigation module with access to TomTom®’s user interface and mapping technologies.
The XAV-602BT AV receiver features Sony-exclusive App Remote™ technology for Android™ and iOS® devices, unifying entertainment and control functions for a simplified driving experience. The App Remote feature combines music and select smartphone apps into a single source list that can be safely displayed and controlled directly from the receiver. App content is displayed on the smartphone while audio content plays through the speakers.
Remote access software provider RealVNC selected 7layers, an international group of engineering & test centers, as its preferred partner for the testing and certification of RealVNC’s VNC Automotive technology in accordance with the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) standards.
7Layers, an Authorized Test Lab, supported RealVNC throughout the certification process, which included MirrorLink™ conformance and interoperability testing to validate that VNC Automotive meets with the CCC’s commitment to providing users with a safe and seamless experience of smartphone use in vehicles.
CCC surpasses 100 members
The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) announced that the MirrorLink™ Developer Portal is now open for advance registration. Developers wishing to create apps enabled with the car-connectivity standard can register to receive news on the portal’s official launch, scheduled to take place in the coming months. The CCC also announced it now has more than 100 worldwide members and authorized test labs.
Shipments to exceed 62 million by 2018 as feature set explodes
ABI Research predicts that shipments of connected automotive infotainment systems will grow from 9 million in 2013 to more than 62 million in 2018 with connected navigation, multimedia streaming, social media, and in-car Wi-Fi hotspots becoming key features.
ABI Research VP and practice director Dominique Bonte comments, “Open platforms continue their march forward. While both the GENIVI consortium (open source common automotive infotainment reference platform) and the Car Connectivity Consortium (MirrorLink screen replication technology) somewhat struggle to find momentum, the car industry is now turning its attention to HTML5 and Android with both Renault (R-Link) and Volvo (Sensus Connected Touch platform based on Parrot’s Asteroid Smart) embracing (heavily) modified versions of the Android operating system.”
The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), which includes nearly 80 automotive, mobile communications and consumer electronics companies, announced that more than 40 MirrorLink™-enabled products are now available. A partial list, including clients, servers, smartphones and receivers, is posted at http://mirrorlink.com/products/certified-products.html.
MirrorLink is a car-connectivity standard for controlling a nearby smartphone from the steering wheel or via dashboard buttons and screens. The CCC is demonstrating MirrorLink – a Sony® XAV 701HD paired with a Nokia E7 smartphone – at the LA Auto Show’s Advanced Technology Showcase, presented by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. The showcase takes place November 28-29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.