Embedded Chips & Connected Car News Tips: Drivemode, Audible, HARMAN, Imagination Technologies, Mitsubishi Electric & Honeywell

embeddedchipstipstinyTechnology moves cars. Often technology news however comes in small news bytes that don’t need an entire article. Here are embedded chips and connected car news tips about Drivemode, Audible, HARMAN, Imagination Technologies, Mitsubishi Electric and Honeywell.

To integrate smartphones directly into the dash of cars, Drivemode showed its DrivemodeCar 2.0 demo. A smartphone is docked into the dash the DriveMode app connect to the car and then the driver can use the steering wheel buttons. Navigation offers suggested destinations based on prior trips and calendar. The driver can play music or call contacts from the steering wheel buttons or send a text message. The phone connects to the camera for blind spot or backup camera videos. It can connect to WhatsApp and send messages.

Audible Audible on Android Auto

Audible now is compatible with Android Auto software. It can fine tune playback speed between .5x and 3x and skip forward and back through the different sections of books. Audible will appear with your list of media apps in the Android Auto interface. It has easier access to wish list, best sellers, categories and pre-orders


HARMAN announced it has partnered with InterDigital a leading mobile technology research and development company, to deliver a suite of oneM2M and 3GPP compliant end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to the market.

Combining InterDigital’s oneMPOWERTM IoT platform and HARMAN’s excellence in IoT systems integration and service management, the two companies will provide customers a unique way to accelerate the definition and deployment of tailored, scalable and interoperable IoT solutions aimed to maximize business results.

Imagination Tech @ MWC

Imagination Technologies will showcase new PowerVR Series7XT Plus GPUs featuring better performance for computer vision applications, including computational photography or ADAS at Mobile World Congress. It will also show the Mobileye EyeQ chips powering autopilot and driver assistance functionality in cars from Tesla, Ford, Audi, GM, Nissan or Volvo.

MEC Indor Positioning Via LAN

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed an indoor positioning system utilizing wireless LAN communication and acoustic ranging to achieve accuracy within less than one meter. The system is expected to be used for applications such as walking navigation or warehouse management in underground locations where GPS signals are not reliably available. Commercial use is expected by April 2017.

emebed300x150Honeywell VR Instrument Panel

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has signed an agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to provide the Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) program with a virtual reality instrument panel that replaces glass windows with display technology from Honeywell.

As part of the GXV-T program’s goal to explore new vehicle technologies that could improve survivability, agility and mobility for the next generation of military ground vehicles (such as tanks, armored vehicles and more), this virtual reality instrument panel concept from Honeywell could provide drivers with an enhanced, clearer 360-degree view outside the vehicle. In addition, it could enable safer and more efficient missions.