Abalta Technologies announced the launch of WEBLINK, which enables smartphones to operate as the primary in-vehicle computing device in connected cars. By integrating the WEBLINK client software, Abalta said car manufacturers can cost-effectively provide customers with an up-to-date and customized in-vehicle app experience in a safe and seamless way.
The integration of the smartphone into consumer vehicles will become all but standard on new models, according to a new report by Juniper Research, which forecasts that 92 million vehicles will feature technology to integrate the smartphone into the head-unit by 2016.
The 2012 Chevy Volt and Equinox will be the first vehicles to offer Chevy MyLink, an in-car infotainment package that leverages OnStar safety and security features and also integrates online services like Pandora® internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio® using hands-free voice and touch-screen controls via Bluetooth device connectivity. QNX Software Systems, which provides the operating system for OnStar, is also supplying the operating system for MyLink.
Ford said it will launch SYNC® AppLink, a downloadable software program, on the 2011 Fiesta later this year, allowing owners to access and control Android(TM) and BlackBerry® smartphone apps with voice commands and vehicle controls. Ford will introduce AppLink on most SYNC-equipped vehicles next year, as well as provide interoperability with other smartphones.
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the ng Connect Program will demonstrate three new in-vehicle services for the LTE Connected Car.