Auto electronics, sat nav

VW + Apple = iBeetle

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VW + Apple = iBeetle

Volkswagen and Apple form an alliance at Auto Shanghai 2013 and present the "iBeetle"-- the first VW car combining a dashboard iPhone 5 docking station and a curiously named "Volkswagen Car Net The Beetle" app.

Designed to snap the iPhone into a cradle, the iBeetle docking station allows one to use an app providing G-Meter (measures transverse acceleration), oil temperature gauges, fuel economy Continue reading...

HTML5 Hits Fujitsu In-Car Devices

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HTML5 Hits Fujitsu In-Car Devices

Fujitsu Ten decides on a choice of technology for is Eclipse in-car infotainment devices-- the HTML5 web standard, as first seen in prototype form at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013.

Currently HTML5 finds use in smartphone, tablet and PC online applications.

The company promises the in-car device will take advantage of mobile device design and operability trends, with applications using automobile-specific Continue reading...

Building a More Accurate Sat Nav

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Building a More Accurate Sat Nav

Researchers at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) develop a new take on the traditional sat nav-- one claiming to improve on the accuracy of GPS devices in cities while being inexpensive to install.

According to the researchers the system combines GPS signals with 3 accelerometers and 3 gyroscopes to improve in-car satellite navigation by 50-90% in urban environments, allowing one to pinpoint car location to within 2m in urban environments.

The degree of error in commercial GPS is around 15m in the open field, but satellite signals bounce off obstacles in urban settings (buildings, trees, tunnels), putting off vehicle position by around 50m. The UC3M system hopes to resolve such interference with a combination of contextual information and an algorithm (so-called "Unscented Kalman Filter") eliminating deviations caused by satellite signal loss or degradation.

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Garmin Takes Over the Dashboard

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Garmin Takes Over the Dashboard

The latest Garmin concept on show at CES 2013 is more than a simple GPS device-- the K2 infotainment platform promises to turn car dashboards into a "digital cockpit."

Taking inspiration from the Garmin's own avionics and marine divisions, the K2 replaces traditional instruments panels with a 10-inch display and a 12-inch infrared button panel. The display is multitouch and glove-friendly, and users Continue reading...

Touchpads: Steering Wheels of the Future?

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Touchpads: Steering Wheels of the Future?

Intel labs researchers want to put a touch-sensitive spin on one of the automobile's most basic features-- will the steering wheel of the future allow drivers to keep drivers' eyes on the road?

According to New Scientist the development seeks to remove all steering column switches and buttons, replacing them with a layer of touch-sensitive material embedded in the steering wheel spokes.

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EU Boosts GPS Reliability

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EU Boosts GPS Reliability

The European Commission (EC) announces an online service boosting existing GPS accuracy-- the European Data Access Service (EDAS) a commercial offering from the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS).

EGNOS is a high-precision navigation service. It taps into 40 ranging and integrity monitoring stations (RIMS) across Europe receiving signals from US GPS satellites. Six navigation Continue reading...

Honda Enters Connected Auto Race

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Honda Enters Connected Auto Race

Honda is the latest automaker to reveal an in-vehicle connectivity system-- HondaLink, the first OEM application of Aha from Harman, allowing drivers to access music, radio and other content via smartphone app.

Similar to the MyLink system from GM, HondaLink turns connected smartphones into "a conduit to a wealth of cloud-based media" complete with voice recognition, steering-wheel mounted controls Continue reading...

The MIT "Intelligent Co-Pilot" for Cars

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Researchers at MIT propose a futuristic means of helping (not replacing) human drivers-- a semi-autonomous safety system combining an on-board camera with a laser rangefinder.

The system prevents crashes by taking over control once it detects potential hazards, automatically steering around obstacles before giving control back to the driver once the danger is cleared.

The researchers describe the Continue reading...

ABI: In-Car Connectivity Transforms Auto Industry

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ABI: In-Car Connectivity Transforms Auto Industry

ABI Research forecasts global OEM connected car system penetration will grow from 11.4% in 2012 to 60.1% in 2017 due to strong increases in telematics penetration in new vehicles.

W. Europe will lead the way with penetration exceeding 80% by 2017, while developing regions such as E. Europe will also see strong increases due to mandates in Russia.

“In-car connectivity is quickly transforming the au Continue reading...

The Alternative In-Car Control Concept

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The Alternative In-Car Control Concept

Garmin proposes an alternative to touchscreens for controlling in-dash entertainment systems-- a console-mounted multi-controller concept combining infrared sensors with a rotary dial.

Designed to minimise driver distraction and "eyes off the road," the controller concept consists of a large knob with 4 buttons and IR sensors. The sensors detect when a hand approaches the knob, "waking up" menu buttons Continue reading...

Garmin Drives Towards In-Car Infotainment

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Garmin Drives Towards In-Car Infotainment

Garmin has an announcement for next week's New York Auto Show-- following a partnership with Suzuki Garmin is producing a factory-installed in-dash infotainment system, a first for the company.

The Garmin system consists of a 6.1" "high-resolution" touchscreen, CD player, AM/FM radio, internal flash memory, SD card slot USB port, AUX jack, Bluetooth connectivity and backup camera support. The UI Continue reading...

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