Friday, January 17, 2014

Autos Become Like Smartphones in New Models Shown at CES

Not everything shown at CES 2014 was a device for home entertainment or a new internet-connected appliance. Attendees noticed that the Electronics Show this year turned into a pop-up auto show, with nine automakers touting their self-driving or "smartphone-inspired" models. A new alliance between Google, GM, Honda, Audi, Hyundai, and chipmaker Nvidia will bring a unified standard for connected automobile operating systems based on the open-source Android OS. And several automakers plan to introduce 4G internet connectivity to their vehicles.

Hunter Communications Original News Source:
Los Angeles Times

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Excerpt: "When it comes to CES, most people think of small portable devices and other electronic gadgets.
But this year the hottest new gadget at the giant consumer electronics show may well be the car.

Automakers are embracing smartphone and mobile computing technologies, and looking into ways to safely integrate our digital lives into our driving experiences.

The big news from nine of the big automotive firms appearing at the show is a plan to make new vehicles a little more like the smartphone with a big push toward 'an industry standard' for connected cars and 'in-vehicle mobile app ecosystems.'

Many of the car companies showcasing at CES say they have opened up their in-car systems to encourage outside developers to create apps that add functionality to their cars – similar to the way apps let users do so much with smartphones.

BMW demonstrated a way of controlling its new i3 electric car with Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch, using Bluetooth wireless technology.

But don't count on sending voice commands through the watch to blast the air up in the i3. That feature is still in the works.

General Motors executives say the company will offer weather and music apps, viewable on an in-dash screen, plus a vehicle health app for troubleshooting problems with the car. Executives say they have plans to give their vehicles built-in 4G high-speed broadband.

Ford also said it's putting intelligent systems in its cars and trucks that work with smartphones to enable drivers to listen to music and stay in touch while on the go."

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