Control of the In Car experience using SmartDeviceLink

SmartDeviceLink (SDL) is mobile-auto interaction technology which was originally devised by Ford (as an evolution of Applink) but is currently being developed under the auspices of the GENIVI alliance. This is a very interesting technology in the mobile-auto interaction space and we decided to check it out in Carmesh.

While details relating to the technology itself are somewhat in flux and the subject of the discussions within the GENIVI alliance, the basic ideas are reasonably clear. Essentially, SDL comprises of a set of standardized messages which can enable the car and the mobile to exchange state and control information. For example, it’s possible for the mobile to display specific text or images on the car dashboard, control audio playout on the car’s sound system and receive notifications when buttons on the steering wheel are pressed; in future, it should be possible to send specific Points Of Interest from the phone to the car’s navigation system amongst other things.

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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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