Study finds national differences in HMI experience

Operating navigation systems continues to be a challenge for many drivers (Photo: BMW)

Drivers appreciate different functions in their in-car infotainment systems, depending on where they live, according to a new study. GfK, a German market researcher, found that drivers in Germany, Italy, Japan and the US consider entering a place of interest (POI) or finding a phone book contact difficult functions. These two operations rank first and […]

ABI Research: 24 million cars with Apple CarPlay in 2019

Many car brands already offer CarPlay (Photo: Apple)

Apple and Google¬†are set to become bigger players in the car, but the auto industry will also adopt open-source systems from other organizations, according to a report by market analysts ABI Research. ABI predicts that by 2019 there will be 24 million new cars fitted with Apple’s CarPlay. The uptake of the open-source Mirrorlink interface […]

Android alliance gets traction as brands join, plans are unveiled

Kia says the Soul is one of the first models to feature Android Auto (Photo: Kia)

With Volkswagen and Volvo Cars the latest auto¬†brands to join the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), the Google initiative to boost the use of Android devices in cars is making headway. But carmakers ¬†stressed that they will be working closely with Apple as well to make sure devices running on¬†both operating systems can be seamlessly connected. […]

Apple launches “CarPlay” for Mercedes, Ferrari, Volvo

Apple's CarPlay will be available for Mercedes, Ferrari and Volvo shortly (Photo: Apple)

Apple said a new iPhone connectivity suite will be available for Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo this week and for other brands at a later date. Apple said its “CarPlay” software can be operated through the car’s HMI or by using the company’s Siri voice control. Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS product […]

New Mercedes C-Class sheds 100 kilos, adds high-tech

The new Mercedes C-Class is 100 kilos lighter than its predecessor (Photo: Michelin)

DETROIT — Daimler unveiled the new Mercedes C-Class here, unwrapping a car that has shed 100 kilos of weight while adding a wealth of driver-assistance technologies, many of them imported directly from the bigger E- and S-Class models. The German premium carmaker took the wraps off the updated version of its best-selling model at the […]

CES: Audi wants to close gap between science fiction and reality

Audi's CES concept car (Photo: Audi)

LAS VEGAS –Audi reaffirmed its intentions Monday to be a driver of change as the global auto industry moves toward a new connected model. “If mobility used to be about connecting places and people, it is now about connecting the driver with the car, the car’s surroundings, the traffic infrastructure and all of the other […]

CES: Nvidia shows high-power automotive chip

Nvidia's Tegra K1 chip (Photo: Nvidia)

LAS VEGAS — Nvidia said its new K1 mobile processor will provide a decisive impulse for the trend toward autonomous driving. The US-based chipmaker said the its Tegra K1 chip is an automotive-grade version of the same GPU that powers several energy-efficient supercomputers already. Because of its efficiency, the Tegra K1 can handle large amounts […]

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Connected mobility will be the focus of the automotiveIT International Congress, which will be held in London July 1-2, 2014. It will be the first international event staged by the automotiveIT Group, which publishes German and English-language print and online publications, including the automotiveIT.com Web site. The automotiveIT International Congress has as its theme: ‚ÄúConnected […]

JLR, Intel to jointly development infotainment systems

The Jaguar XF and XJR on display at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show (Photo: JLR)

Jaguar Land Rover is joining forces with chipmaker Intel to develop future vehicle infotainment systems. The British car group, which is owned by India’s Tata Motors, also is opening a new r&d center in Portland, Oregon. JLR said it will work with Intel across engineering, research and marketing to develop best-in-class infotainment systems for both […]

With new graphics processors, Toshiba targets automotive growth market

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MUNICH – With the launch of three new graphics processors, Toshiba hopes to increase its share of the growing market for high-quality automotive instrument clusters. The Japan-based electronics group said the three processors, which are derivatives of its Capricorn range of controllers, feature a high-performance ARM Cortex R4 core running at 300MHz. They have on-board […]