To name but a few, chip designers such as Nvidia are enjoying new revenue streams as their creations are used to power infotainment dashboards, Google is rumored to be working on an Android-based vehicle system to take on Apple’s CarPlay, and Microsoft revealed its “Windows in the Car” concept earlier this year. What are the major trends in the connected car industry we’ve seen this year, and what are we likely to see in 2015? Infotainment and mobile The idea of using our mobiles to stay in touch on the road, bring up maps and listen to playlists is tempting — but in many countries, operating a handset is considered dangerously distracting and has been banned. However, there are ways to make handset operation at least a little bit safer — such as using hands-free Bluetooth connectors and voice commands. Another way found in the next generation of vehicles is the infotainment dashboard — although distraction rates are debatable — which connects a car and handset, giving drivers access to a number of applications and services. A number of technology companies have shaken hands with automakers to bring handset compatibility into our cars — ranging from Apple’s CarPlay to home-grown solutions including Jaguar’s justDrive and Hyundai, which uses Intel technology in its infotainment dashboards. Apps, apps everywhere Sensing there is profit to be made in the fledgling infotainment industry, developers are releasing apps suitable for drivers. From weather reports to community-driven traffic alerts and mapping, we are likely to see… [Read full story]
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