The week of October 19 -26 was hopeful and then disappointing for many of our readers at AUTO Connected Car News. News included iOS 8.1 Bluetooth fixes/snafus, a new Apple car-controlling patent, new connected car concept cockpit, new Freescale chips with Wi-Fi and more connected Lexus S models.
In-car infotainment systems are a pain in the Bluetooth for both car owners and car makers, according to Consumer Reports 2014 Annual Reliability Survey. The
Visteon is a major supplier to car makers. To see what the cockpit of cars will look like in a few years, look at Visteon’s new connected cockpit concept. It is designed to securely connect the car to the driver and Cloud computing. The cockpit concept will be demonstrated at Electronica 2014 in Munich.
The OASIS (Optimized. Adaptable. Secure. Intelligent. Seamless) cockpit integrates the driver’s custom profile to the vehicle infotainment system, safely.The systems uses a low energy use Bluetooth profile.
Freescale Semiconductor announced a hardware/software development system for Ethernet connectivity (Wi-Fi) in vehicles. The system can be used for infotainment, instrument cluster, camera telematics and rear seat entertainment designs. It supports real-time data transport throughout the vehicle.
The new SABRE (Smart Application Blueprint for Rapid Engineering) for Auto Infotainment (AI) features i.MX 6 processors to speed and simplify Ethernet Audio Video Bridging (AVB) deployment. Freescale reports that it is Freescale’s most scalable implementation of the ARM Cortex-A9 CPU cores, with processing speeds up to 1 GHz, and a high level of automotive-specific integration. The expansion boards range in price from $699-$799.
iOS 8 has been plagued with Bluetooth bugs connecting to in-car infotainment systems.The manifest of features for iOS update shows a Bluetooth fix which hopefully will help our readers who have tried everything from complaining to Apple to “nuking” their phones to get Bluetooth work. Almost every car maker was affected including BMW, Audi, GM(Chevy, GMC, Cadillac, Buick), Mercedes-Benz, VW, Mazda, Lexus, Fiat, Hyundai and more.
The new multimedia system with navigation screen has predictive traffic with detour preview, ETA calculation and when the tank is near empty it shows gas stations nearby. The free Lexus Enform App Suite features bird’s eye map views with 3D building views, to make finding destinations easier.