Tizen IVI – a breakthrough in on-board units?

Last year, after some years of development, Intel and Samsung announced Tizen OS – an open platform designed to work with a broad spectrum of devices ranging from smartphones to PCs to tablets to in-car systems and TVs. Here, we focus on Tizen IVI, (for In-vehicle infotainment) as it relates to the development work in carmesh.

The Tizen IVI architecture design is driven by requirements coming from automotive industry and via the GENIVI Alliance. Some of the biggest auto makers including BMW, GM, Jaguar Land Rover, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Renault, SAIC Motor have already expressed interest in the platform as open solutions offer much potential in the automotive space.

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Carmesh presents at GDG Dublin

Yesterday I had an opportunity to present Carmesh implementation work and project vision on Connected Car to valuable technical audience at Google Developers Group in Dublin. I also had a chance to listen to two presentations and engage further discussions.

Google Developers Groups are worldwide communities which are interested in technologies provided by Google and ways to leverage them, but in most cases are not Google workers (Googlers). It was my first presentation to such large audience from industry and I find it very valuable.

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The Connected Car: A great space for online advertisers

While searching for information on possible services/apps future drivers would really enjoy getting while in their car, I came across this interesting market research report from Arbitron. The findings are based on a broad-based survey with a total of 1,858 peoples interviewed in the US.  The sample is large enough to reveal some general trends, despite the fact that it not clear whether the sample is representative of drivers distribution across US – some findings do suggest that the sample is heavily concentrated in sub-urban areas where driving is King!

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Heavyweights place their bets in the Connected Car space

The Connected Car space has seen two big announcements in as many days from the biggest names in the IT sector. On Monday, Apple announced iOS in the Car and yesterday Google confirmed the purchase of Waze. Here, we provide some analysis of what this means for the Connected Car.

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Experimenting with Google Play Services – Activity Recognition

At Google IO this year, Google announced a new Activity Recognition capability for Android as part of the new Google Play services. It is realized as an API which relies on low-power sensors and a machine learning classifier to track users’ activities. We did a little bit of experimentation to test this API to learn how accurate it is and how it can be exploited in the field.

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Location Based Services: Evolution, Future, and Their Vehicular Destiny

Location based services (LBS) are increasingly an essential part of our digital lives. What started as an add-on to help improve Internet services has today become an intrinsic aspect to the delivery of very many services, especially in the mobile context. For example, mobile apps are increasingly using the users’ location to deliver services such as weather, transportation info, traffic, shopping, and many more.

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The Connected Car at Google IO

While the automotive sector is very definitely not the main focus at Google IO, there were some announcements there that are of interest to the Connected Car sector. Here, I highlight three specific items that were discussed at the conference.

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The Mercedes on display at Google IO

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Ford’s AppLink Emulator: First Impressions

Last month Ford released the beta version of AppLink emulator, which can emulate the in-car interface part of Applink, enabling mobile apps to interfere with the car. The emulator provides output (via the emulated screen) and input (via emulated buttons) and offers the same interface to these as would the car. The Carmesh team was very keen to explore what is possible with this exciting new framework.

The objective of our initial work was to understand how the communication works, the I/O capabilities of Applink and how and Android application can access these functions.

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In-Vehicle Infotainment systems – report from CES and CeBit 2013

Two big ICT events took place recently. The first of these, Consumer Electronics Show (or simply CES), took place in Las Vegas in January 2013. CES is a major technology-related trade show at which many new consumer electronic products and technologies are announced. The second big event was CeBit (ger. Centrum für Büroautomation, Informationstechnologie und Telekommunikation) which is one of the largest computer expos. It was hosted by Hanover fairground in Germany, March 5-9 |2013.
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