Auto News from CeBIT 2015
Last week the world's largest international computer expo, CeBIT, took place in Hanover, Germany. Connected cars played a role at the expo commensurate with their growing presence on the digital scene.
Implementing both the Internet of Things and connected cars requires super-fast networks which enable communication between two or more points with minimal latency. At Cebit, Vodafone exhibited 5G, an experimental mobile standard 1,000 times faster than today’s networks. Deutsche Telecom’s CeBit exhibit similarly focused on the components of what that company calls the “Economic Miracle 4.0.”
Neusoft has become a leading global Infotainment provider in the field of automotive electronics. Its software is used by many of the world’s top automotive manufacturers.
The C3-Alfus™ infotainment system, One Core® navigation solution, and advanced driver assistance system are Neusoft's key innovative products showcased at the exhibition. Among these, One Core® received the hottest attention at the exhibition. Co-developed by R&D teams in China and Germany One Core is the first navigation solution which covers the entire global market with one and the same system.
T-Systems, partnering with BMW, presented a new model for delivering premium mobility entertainment services. Integrated with BMW’s i3 model, the service utilizes on-board wideband internet and the “myKIDIO app” to give parents a tool for sharing age-appropriate, in-car entertainment with their children. Smart-home functions can also be executed easily and securely using the car’s “iDrive” controller.
Connected car drivers demand comfortable and intuitive control options that increase safety and reduce the number of on-the-road distractions. SemVox exhibited an intelligent voice-control technology at CeBIT which will allow drivers to manage in-vehicle services and functions. SemVox is able to understand a speaker’s intonation, and can contextualize potentially unclear prompts. The result is a technology which can conduct smart dialogs with drivers and actively assist them in a unique, intuitive way.
CeBit also saw the premier of a smart security system from CarInPhone, offered at the same cost as existing systems. CarInPhone gives vehicle owners precise information about where their car is currently, and where it has been in the past. In addition, it allows drivers to check the status of doors and anti-theft alarms via a smart phone app. CarInPhone can turn on a car’s heat in cold weather, flash the headlights, and even prevent a car’s being started in the event of theft. The CarInPhone system also features an anti-jammer, and can be used with all types of vehicles. CarInPhone’s app is available for download for Android and iPhone devices.
Diamler Trucks premiered a virtual 3D ergonomic simulator for long-haul vehicles as part of their ARVIDA (Applied Reference Architecture for Virtual Services and Applications) project. The aim is to protect the ergonomic needs of drivers before a truck’s cab is even designed. Mercedes-Benz uses virtual tools to check the capabilities and ergonomics of a car, such as how simple it is to climb in, how easy it is to reach the control panels, and how comfortable the driver’s bed is.
Slowly but surely, the connected and driverless car is becoming a reality. Car manufacturers and software engineers must work together to provide the best quality software for connected and self-driving cars, thereby avoiding technology-related snafus.
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