Car dealers can charge thousands of dollars for head units that connect cars to music, navigation and smartphones. Another viable options is to put an after market receiver with all the apps you need and more. Pioneer AppRadio3 devices will be available for$399-$499. The CD-DVD player (SPH-DA210) is currently available from Amazon for $362.29 with free shipping.
Automatic‘s smart driving assistant that connects to the OBII port on cars and iOS devices is being updated with iBeacon functionality.
iBeacon is a feature in Bluetooth 4 ant allows devices near each other share information. For example, iBeacons in Apple Stores are used to share information with customers.
Ethernet technology, Wi-Fi networks and other wireless technologies for the automotive industry is gaining pace in Europe and North America. The trend is towards connected cars with services such as automotive app stores and connected location-based services is fuelling the uptake reported Frost and Sullivan.
The new technology will integrate multiple consumer electronic devices, brand and other compelling features for tech hungry consumers.
AT&T customers will be able to add their Chevy to AT&T Mobile Share plans. Drivers can also pay for data separately. Pricing and data packages for OnStar 4G LTE will be announced later in 2014.
The new Blue Link System and Genesis Intelligent Assistant App add new features using the Internet, smartphone data and user input. Music recognition app SoundHound will be integrated into head units for Kia and Hyundai, too.
Hyundai’s Blue Link infotainment system will premiere with the Genesis Intelligent Assistant app that will let users control the car via an iOS or Android tablet or smarpthone. The new app combines information from smartphone calendars, weather and commuting information to make intelligent notifications.