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Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Automotive |

Why automotive industry needs virtualization?

Why automotive industry needs virtualization?

The automotive Infotainment Industry has evolved from having standalone systems for various functions like infotainment, telematics, and diagnostics to more integrated systems with connectivity being the key. We have seen silos being broken and systems being more interdependent and inter-connected, resulting in real-time, on demand services like Spotify and Connected Diagnostics among others. The auto industry is at an inflection point and the key for success is going to be how Auto industry address the growing demand for connectivity, convenience and convergence (3Cs) i.e. connectivity of a smart device, convergence of a high end Cockpit and convenience/comfort of a luxury car. The consumer industry has seen rapid innovation with short product life cycles ranging from 6 to 18 months. Consumer devices like Mobile phone, iPad have become feature rich with intuitive user experiences. The consumer who has experienced these devices is expecting the same experience in automotive cockpit. Traditionally there has been one ECU per function in a car. Due to the demand of more features, OEMs have integrated...

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Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Automotive |

Open Source Development for Automotive

Open Source Development for Automotive

Open source development philosophy stems from the idea of freedom; contrary to what many believe – the idea of free software. That is freedom to run it, study it, change it, and redistribute copies with or without changes. It is not a sense of altruism that led to the founding Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) but a sense of freedom from the control of any one commercial OS provider. AGL is an open collaboration project to enable rapid innovation in the automotive industry by developing reference distributions on multiple hardware platforms for applications like In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI), Cluster, HUD, Telematics, Control Systems thereby, providing a 80% head-start to production. Automotive OEMs and Tier-1s just need to customize the UI, look and feel specific to the brand. In a way, AGL mitigates the first three steps of a production process i.e. source/package selection, cross-compilation for a target platform and resource separation, making it as competitive as any commercial software. According to a research report by IHS Automotive Linux market share is...

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Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Automotive |

Connected Cars: Where are we headed?

Connected Cars: Where are we headed?

Man’s bid to have a connected world has led to the invention of useful products that shape our world today. The morphing of the wheel and telephone to cars and mobile phones has paved the way for the Connected Car. In layman terms, the Connected Car is a mobile on four wheels that lets the user make calls and use the Internet as well as location services. Over the past decade, this concept has evolved to encompass applications such as remote key, status monitoring, firmware update, remote control, traffic update, Wi-Fi, V2X (vehicle to infrastructure) safety, diagnostics, and alerts. The global market revenue for connected cars is estimated to double at about USD 141 billion in 2021. Safety and autonomous driving, which is now accounting for close to 61 percent of the revenue, is only going to increase. In the premium automobile segment, the spending on digital technology is expected to rise to 10 percent of total vehicle sales by 2021; more than double the current level of four...

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Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Automotive, Smart Devices, Wireless |

Automotive: Native applications vs Web applications

Automotive: Native applications vs Web applications

There seems to be a trend of automotive products such as IVI Systems and Instrument Cluster among others that are using web based applications for all purposes such as media playback, vehicle information, etc. The other option for these applications is native application. So the question we must ask: Which one is better – Web based or native? With Web based applications, car infotainment system, instrument cluster OEMs will be able to reuse applications across all their products. This is very important because OEMs will have products based on multiple operating systems – QNX, ITRON, Android, Linux. OEMs will prefer to reuse from the perspective of cost saving, time-to-market and consistent UX. Are web technologies ready to cater to automotive needs? Though web technologies are standardized and easily to use, automotive related extensions have to be included and standardized. I have outlined the related features that have to be included in web technology components such as web-kit for automotive platform: Vehicle information such as navigation, speed, gear, head light,...

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Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Automotive, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless |

Can Indian telecom operators and Automotive OEMs join hands for a safer connected car?

Can Indian telecom operators and Automotive OEMs join hands for a safer connected car?

The pace of evolution of the automobile industry rivals other scientific advancements like healthcare and Information Technology (IT.) From being considered a luxury item, not more than a decade ago, today cars have become commonplace even in emerging markets. Even as international brands and models jostle for space on our congested roads, our public transport system has not been able to keep pace with the rising demands of a mobile population. The rise of the automotive industry somewhat parallels the changes we have witnessed in the telecom industy. Over the last two decades, we have seen the democratization of mobile technology, spreading fast to envelope the world – developed and developing. Today, a high proportion of the world’s populace owns a mobile phone. The mobile phone has found wide adoption across the world. From farmers who receive weather reports to globe trotting executives who stay connected with the office, the smartphone is all set to bring forth the next level of revolution. The marriage of the telecom and automotive...

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Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Networks, Semiconductor, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless |

M2M Devices: Cellular Modem Optimizations

M2M Devices: Cellular Modem Optimizations

M2M devices are devices which communicate with other devices or servers, without the need for human interaction. These kinds of devices are used in many application areas such as industrial automation, smart cities, health, etc. These devices are to be networked within a premise (intranet) or over the internet. Within intranet, these devices can communicate over short range connectivity technologies such as WiFi, Zigbee, and Bluetooth. These devices have to connect with the internet using WiFi or cellular. WiFi may not always be an option because of lack of access points at all places, especially outdoor premises. In cases where Wi-Fi is not suitable, cellular effectively provides the last-mile connectivity. Traditional cellular connectivity has been used in high-end devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops and netbooks. For this, cellular modems have evolved mainly to handle many scenarios such as seamless mobility and high data rates. Since M2M devices need to be low footprint and less power consumption, there is a need for customizing cellular modems. Here are a few insights to possible...

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