Automotive multimedia concept embraces Android, tablet computer
September 09, 2011 // Christoph Hammerschmidt
Ingredients such as cloud computing, tablet computer hardware and open-source operating systems today are ubiquitous in the consumer corner of the IT world. Now IT services provider Tieto is about to bring all these ingredients into the automotive environment.
Tieto has created a demonstrator for a next-generation automotive infotainment system that radically breaks with the traditions of in-car infotainment. The system works similar to a tablet computer - and it runs under the open-source operating system Android. Instead of knobs and buttons, the system is controlled through a touch-screen interface. Just like on any tablet computer, functionality can be enhanced by installing additional apps.
Aiming at battery electric vehicles in the first place, the system is provided with apps specifically designed for this type of cars, such as a dynamic battery management app displaying the remaining driving range and the distance to go to the respective destination. Future apps could include the directions towards the next available charging station or car-sharing related information. Drivers (users) can also install their own private apps. The system also links the vehicle to the cloud: Some of the apps offered or under development represent only a front-end client while the application logic runs on a remote server in the cloud.
Tieto utilizes a Texas Instruments hardware platform jointly developed with California-based Missing Link Electronics (MLE). The system is powered by a dual-core processor running at 1 GHz. In addition, standard components for mobile devices have been used for the Tieto platform in order to keep energy consumption at a low level. The system communicates to the outside world through a number of standard interfaces such as WiFi, Bluetooth, USB and MicroSD.
The platform is the result of the StreetSccoter research consortium with the participation of the Aachen RWTH technical university. The company plans to show it for the first time at the upcoming IAA automotive exhibition (Frankfurt, Germany, September 15 to 25).
Endoscopic measurement method allows quieter, more reliable jet engines
December 21, 2014
A team of scientists from German aerospace research centre DLR has developed an optical measurement method that enables direct ...
Pathway to converting sunlight to electricity is indentified
How industrial IoT will drive the MEMS market indirectly
Successful with phones & drones, Parrot ponders farming
Qimonda's late legacy: 28nm FeRAM
Volvo airs cloud-based cyclist protection system
December 19, 2014
The facts are disturbing: 50 percent of all cyclists killed in Europe's traffic have collided with a car. In Germany, the ...
Sony transforms eyewear into smart augmented reality devices
Harman grabs hidden infotainment gem S1nn
Alps Electric puts cash into Qualtre
- New life for Embedded systems in the Internet of Things
- Virtualization and the Internet of Things
- RF/Microwave Instrumentation “S” Series Amplifiers
- Application Guide to RF Coaxial Connectors and Cables
InterviewCEO interview: Bosch's IoT startup is all about the system
Thorsten Mueller, CEO of Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions GmbH (Reutlingen, Germany), has been guiding the latest startup subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH since 2013 when he started the initiative ...
Filter WizardCheck out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.
Linear video channel
READER OFFERRead more
This month, Arrow Electronics is giving away ten BeMicro Max 10 FPGA evaluation boards together with an integrated USB-Blaster, each package being worth 90 Euros, for EETimes Europe's readers to win.
Designed to get you started with using an FPGA, the BeMicro Max 10 adopts Altera's non-volatile MAX 10 FPGA built on 55-nm flash process.
The MAX 10 FPGAs are claimed to revolutionize...MORE INFO AND LAST MONTH' WINNERS...
December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974
Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.