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Posts tagged with 'Infotainment'

18 Feb, 2014

Lots More Infotainment Options

Posted by John Day

John Day   Subaru of America recently announced that Harman’s Aha Radio will be a standard feature in all Subaru models and trims, starting with the 2015 Legacy. Smartphone-savvy vehicle owners can use Aha to access more than 100,000 channels of Web-based content.   That led me to wonder about Pandora, but not for long. Within days, Subaru announced that Pandora smartphone integration will be part of the … Read More

Porsche, Pandora, smartphone integration, Acura, Chrysler, 2015 Legacy, Subaru of America, Honda, Web-based content, Infotainment, Ford, Harman's Aha Radio

20 Dec, 2013

Teaming Up in China

Posted by John Day

John Day Automotive electronics firms of various kinds are teaming up with partners in China. During 2013: Airbiquity and China Unicom announced a partnership to provide telematics services for the Chinese automotive market, leveraging Airbiquity’s Choreo connected vehicle service delivery platform and China Unicom’s telecom infrastructure and service provider capabilities. Geely Automobile Group and Detroit … Read More

Infotainment, in-car connectivity, JianghuaI Automobile Co, AutoNavi Holdings Limited, QNX Software Systems, Datang Telecom Technology, RealVNC, STMicroelectronics, Automotive Electronics, Mentor Graphics, Geely Automobile Group, MirrorLink, Great Wall Motor Company, NXP Semiconductors, Detroit Electric, QNX CAR, ForYou General Electronics

15 Nov, 2013

John Day You may, as I did, think of Nuance Communications primarily as a developer of voice technology in cars and wherever else, like voice-to-text. But this week the company launched a new version of its Dragon Drive platform for connected cars, and it added two new services – Dragon Drive Connect and Dragon Drive Link. Connect and Link, plus Dragon Drive Speech, enable what Nuance describes as customizable … Read More

West World Media's Cinema-Source, Twitter, connected car, STATS, Deezer, Strategy Analytics, TomTom, Tunein Radio, AccuWeather, OPIS/ Gas Buddy, Infogroup, Rdio, Infotainment, Reuters, Dragon Drive, Slacker Radio, Facebook, MovieTickets.com, INRIX, Nuance, Xignite, Yelp

24 Oct, 2013

John Day New software aids the development of robust, secure systems; supports multiple OS consolidation and ARM® TrustZone® secure system architecture If you’ve watched television or read a magazine within the past several months it’s likely that you’ve seen ads for new cars touting the benefits of electronic systems such as lane departure warning or adaptive cruise control. Cars these days are loaded with … Read More

microcontrollers, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Embedded Hypervisor, Lane Departure Warning, Mentor Graphics, Infotainment

26 Sep, 2013

Paul Hansen at IESF - Part Two

Posted by John Day

John Day At IESF – great new venue this year, by the way – Paul Hansen (www.hansenreport.com) talked about tightening competition in automotive electronics, especially for infotainment; slimmer margins on new car sales, and a rush to offer connectivity to the cloud. He also outlined other problems for infotainment suppliers: Carmakers are taking systems integration in house, they are separating hardware sourcing … Read More

Jaguar Land Rover, Infotainment, Mentor Graphics, American Automobile Association, Automotive Electronics, active safety, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Euro NCAP, Genivi Alliance, Distracted Driving

20 Aug, 2013

SiriusXM drops the other shoe

Posted by John Day

John Day   Last month AT&T announced an agreement with SiriusXM Radio to provide mobile connectivity for a suite of security and additional services for Nissan automobiles in North America. SiriusXM referred to its in-vehicle telematics solution, which will provide Nissan owners 24/7 emergency support for accidents, stolen vehicle tracking and roadside assistance, along with a host of additional services. “As … Read More

Lexus, Infotainment, Nissan, AT&T, Acura, Sirius/XM, in-vehicle telematics solution, Infiniti, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai

8 Aug, 2013

Oh, Cisco

Posted by John Day

John Day

  Cisco knows something about networking – a lot, actually – and Continental knows a good deal about cars, so it will be interesting to see what the two firms come up with beyond the connected vehicle proof-of-concept prepped for demonstration at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Michigan. Seamless Internet access Cisco suggests that in the relatively

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wireless networks, Management Briefing Seminars, Infotainment, connected vehicles, Cisco, Internet, Center for Automotive Research

30 Jul, 2013

John Day     With all of the electronic features currently in or planned for cars, it’s clear that automakers need more bandwidth. Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Divya Krishnamurthy suggests that Ethernet could serve as the backbone to the electronic architecture needed to connect domains and sub networks. 300 million Ethernet ports The research firm estimates that the total number … Read More

Honda, General Motors, Hyundai, Broadcom, Infotainment, Freescale, Jaguar Land Rover, Frost & Sullivan, Ethernet, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Fiat

25 Jul, 2013

John Day   AT&T recently announced an agreement with SiriusXM Radio to provide mobile connectivity for a suite of security and other services for Nissan automobiles in North America. SiriusXM plans to use the combination of satellite and cellular networks to expand features for customers.  Its in-vehicle telematics solution will provide Nissan vehicle owners 24/7 emergency support for accidents, stolen … Read More

Nissan North America, satellite and cellular networks, Infotainment, SiriusXM Radio, Telematics

16 Jul, 2013

John Day   Battery systems in cars are increasingly crucial not just for hybrid and electric vehicles but also to handle the fast-growing in-vehicle electronics workload. Building battery systems can get tricky. Testing technology specialist dSPACE observes that since automotive battery management systems (BMS) interact with several systems in a car, including its powertrain, energy management, vehicle … Read More

Vehicle Safety, dSPACE, energy management, battery management systems, Powertrain, rapid control prototyping, Infotainment, lithium-ion (li-ion)

30 May, 2013

John Day   The global market for automotive electronics is set to climb to $240 billion in 2020, up more than 50 percent from $157 billion in 2010, according to the new report from IMS Research, “The World Market for Automotive OEM Electronic Systems – 2013 Edition.” “The massive growth of automotive electronics in the space of a decade reflects the field’s rising importance to the car industry at large, … Read More

Automotive Electronics, electronic stability control (ESC), advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), Infotainment, tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), head up display (HUD), IHS Automotive

28 Mar, 2013

John Day Renesas made a rather significant announcement this week, launching the newest system-on-chip (SoC) in its R-Car series. It refers to the device – the R-Car H2 – as “a complete solution for next-generation high-end multimedia and navigation” with “high performance and state-of-the-art 3D graphics capabilities.” The performance comes in part from ARM’s big.LITTLE processing technology, which in this … Read More

Renesas, QNX Software Systems, Wind River, Blu-Ray, Elektrobit, ARM, Mentor Graphics, Microsoft, Imagination Technologies, Infotainment

10 Dec, 2012

More MEMS at STMicro

Posted by John Day

John Day   STMicroelectronics announced a new strategic plan in which it will exit its mobile platform and wireless semiconductor alliance, ST-Ericsson, and focus on two product-segment organizations – Sense & Power and Automotive Products, and Embedded Processing Solutions. Sense & Power and Automotive includes MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) and other sensors, power discrete and advanced … Read More

low-g accelerometer, MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems), Infotainment, STMicroelectronics, Powertrain, ST-Ericsson

10 Jul, 2012

John Day At Mentor Graphics IESF in Detroit last month Paul Hansen, editor and publisher of The Hansen Report on Automotive Electronics (hansenreport.com) told attendees that automotive cloud computing “will bring about an upheaval in automotive electronics” over the next decade or two. “No longer do carmakers have to rely only on the computing power and memory they can afford to embed in the vehicle; they … Read More

Kia, Infotainment, Laird Technologies, automotive cloud computing, Toyota, Verizon Wireless, 4G Venture Forum for Connected Cars, LTE, Hyundai, Mentor Graphics, IESF, telematics 4G LTE ecosystem, Driver Assistance Systems, The Hansen Report on Automotive Electronics, Honda

23 Feb, 2011

You don’t need a smart phone

Posted by John Day

John Day I thought everybody but me had a smart phone but Tony Kraatz, lead engineer for GM’s new infotainment system, the Chevy MyLink, reminded me that, in fact, not everybody has one, so you won’t need one to use MyLink. Any Bluetooth phone or USB device will work, and if you don’t have either of those you can use the 7-inch color touch screen, steering wheel controls, or voice commands to control the radio, … Read More

IHS iSuppli, Gracenote, Infotainment, Bluetooth, turn-by-turn navigation, Chevrolet, Add new tag, Nuance, Chevy Volt, OnStar, GM, Chevy Equinox, Pandora Internet radio, Stitcher Internet radio, Chevy MyLink

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