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Posts tagged with 'Infotainment'

6 Dec, 2010

John Day   Suppose you’re the person responsible for managing an automaker’s infotainment strategy. Let’s say you currently offer SiriusXM satellite radio, AM/FM, and HD. When and how do you add Internet radio? Ford is offering Pandora and Stitcher (music and news programming respectively), Toyota recently announced a partnership with Clear Channel’s iheartradio (750+ stations). Is now the time to make a move, … Read More

Slacker Internet Radio, Sirius/XM, Stitcher, Clear Channel, Ford, ABC News Radio, Toyota, Internet radio, Pandora, Wi-Fi, iheartradio, Infotainment

5 Feb, 2010

John Day I want lots of connectivity in my next car and have every reason to expect it (and, of course, to use it responsibly). We’re talking-cutting edge technology of the kind increasingly available to mid-range buyers; features like Internet access, voice recognition, full-color touch-screen displays, diagnostics, and various forms of infotainment. I was a bit surprised to learn that all of that and more … Read More

OLED Displays, Network Car, Android, LCD, Bluetooth, Linux, Microsoft, Netscape, 3G Cellular, Delphi, Google, DSRC, IBM, Infotainment, Bob Schumacher, COMDEX, Internet Access, DVB-T, DVB-SH, Genivi Consortium, QNX, Voice Recognitiion, Wi-Fi, Touch-Screen Displays, USB, Smartphones, Sun Microsystems

21 Jan, 2010

John Day DENSO’s Blue Harmony is among the more recent in-vehicle communications and infotainment systems to hit the market. Like others in the space, Blue Harmony promises compatibility with current and future devices for consumers who want to stay connected while in their car. DENSO says Blue Harmony will allow drivers to access their consumer electronics devices and off-board information and services safely. … Read More

In-Vehicle Communications, DENSO, Infotainment, App Store, Visteon, Voice Recognition, AutoLinQ, 802.11, iSuppli, Consumer Electronics Show, Phil Magney, Continental AG, Telematics, Blue Harmony, Bluetooth Hands-Free Calling

7 Jan, 2010

John Day Readers of the New York Times were shocked – shocked – by a January 7 article headlined “Despite Risks, Internet Creeps Onto Car Dashboards.” Most of the nearly 500 Times readers who posted comments on the paper’s Web site voiced outrage that the automotive industry, in its greed and stupidity (paraphrasing here), would have the audacity to offer such disastrous wares when so much attention is already … Read More

Distracted Driving, Ford, Audi, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Infotainment, New York Times

13 Nov, 2009

John Day Remember the Presidential debates a year or so ago? Or the race itself, for that matter. Think how much of the reporting focused on who won the last debate, or who was ahead in the race at the moment. Same with college football. We want to know who’s leading whom – even if we don’t have reliable metrics for determining the winner. This desire to keep score came to mind when I thought about the recent … Read More

4G, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota Prius, Long Term Evolution, Fiat, Alcatel-Lucent, Daimler, Volkswagen, LTE, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Infotainment, Telematics Munich, Microsoft Auto, Ford, QNX Software, ng Connect Program, QNX CAR, Genivi Alliance

29 Sep, 2009

John Day Does anyone still listen to CDs in their car or have we all migrated to iPods and other personal storage devices, and/or to HD or satellite radio? With so many more infotainment choices available now, and digital music downloads on the rise while CD sales continue to decline, can automakers just do away with CD changers? Someday they will follow 8-track and cassette players to the technology afterlife, … Read More

Infotainment, IMS Research, iPod, Bluetooth, Cassette Player, 8-Track Player, iSuppli, Satellite Radio, HD Radio, CD Player, SBD, Clarion Corporation of America

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