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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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Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Enterprise Mobility, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless |

Android in Automobile – Android M

Android in Automobile – Android M

Though Android development started for digital cameras, it has been modified for handsets after Google acquired it. Many OEMs launched handsets with Android starting with HTC G1 in 2008. Thereon, Google enhanced Android stack with frameworks that are application development friendly and features that delight consumers, in various versions of Android. Due to its openness and ease of customization, manufacturers of devices other than handsets began adapting Android for their target devices like Robot, digital cameras, wearables and SmartTVs since 2011. Google also launched Google glass as a separate Android-based project. In Android Lollipop, Google officially included support for TV (Android TV) and wearables (Android Wear). Google started focusing on including support for automotive segment in Android with the Lollipop (5.0) version. It has included Android Auto in Lollipop. There is news that Google is planning to make Android available on Automotive hardware directly unlike Android Auto. This blog gives specifics of Android Auto and details the features Android M should have to make it usable in Automotive. In...

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Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Semiconductor, Smart Devices, Wireless | 0 comments

Consumer Experience of Connected Car Technologies – Part 2

Consumer Experience of Connected Car Technologies – Part 2

As you saw in the first installment of this blog, the ultimate use-case of connected car concept is an autonomous/self-driving car. However, until that becomes a reality, there are lots of interesting use cases that are being driven by connected car technologies. I have listed down the top 5 use cases that will enhance our day-to-day driving experience: 1)     Reliable Navigation : With 4G/LTE technology becoming a norm in cars (through either built-in or brought-in connectivity), real time map download, live traffic updates and automatic re-routing for quickest path is what consumers are expecting from their navigation systems. Taking it a step further is opening up of IVI SDKs that will drive accelerated adoption of location based services through context aware applications. Imagine a situation where your navigation app automatically finds a parking spot near your destination and even books it for you while you drive away. Wouldn’t that be great! 2)     Enhanced Safety and security: Safety and security is one of the most important factors driving purchase decisions...

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