STMicroelectronics has integrated remote-control technology from RealVNC, the original inventor and provider of VNC®, onto ST’s automotive-grade infotainment application processors. The integration will simplify and accelerate the roll out of mobile-to-vehicle device connectivity, supporting the seamless and safe use of phones, apps, and cars.
Smartphone-centric in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems are the next step in mobile convenience; they allow the car to access the contents of the portable device and display the data and apps on the in-dash head unit. For example, drivers can pipe Google Maps or smartphone navigation apps onto the car’s display screen and control the applications from there. Similarly, they can use the larger display to manage what they are listening to without fumbling with their mobile device while driving. Using industry-standard interface technologies like VNC ensures that any phone or other hardware will work with any vehicle and drivers stay more focused on the road.
ST’s infotainment application processors with embedded GPS target in-car and portable navigation systems. The processors offer integration and performance features while meeting the constraints of cost-sensitive applications and automotive quality and safety requirements. Already being used in the development of head-unit products, the ST processors now add the features from VNC Automotive built in.
When integrated into the application processor, VNC Automotive enables automatic detection, screen replication, and control of a mobile device from a vehicle’s touch-screen or fixed-input controls such as steering-wheel switches and head-unit buttons. With RealVNC’s remote-control capabilities pre-integrated onto ST’s processors, head-unit and infotainment system suppliers can shorten time-to-market for smartphone-based in-vehicle infotainment systems. VNC Automotive provides cross-platform remote access and control of mobile devices from IVI systems and enables additional features.
Furthermore, ST’s infotainment application processors are capable of providing a vehicle occupant’s smartphone with GNSS positioning signals from the in-dash system, enabling more accurate navigation capabilities and extending phone-battery life.
“Seamless interaction between the phone and the car reduces driver distraction and increases cruising convenience making available the most relevant applications for in-vehicle use, including calling, navigation, and listening to music, through the in-car display,” said Fabrice Guerrier, product manager, Navigation & Infotainment at STMicroelectronics.
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Hmmm, so now instead of locating and touching at least three different icons to make my smartphone do something, I can locate and touch all those icons on my dashboard, pausing before each to consider which is the one I want.
Sorry, but if I so much as change the radio station without using one of the presets, I find myself too distracted, even if it's "only" for two seconds (and that's too long).
There must be something wrong with me. Whether that something is that I multitask less well than most drivers; or that I'm more honest with myself than most about my level of distraction; or that I just fail to grasp the necessity of using apps while I'm driving... I may never know.
I have never been to Germany, but I am told that folks there take driving very seriously - which is great when you have roads like the Autobahn. Anyone know how well they accept these IVI systems there?
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