Alpine Electronics is an automotive electronics manufacturer that supports drivers in over 60 countries and provides the world’s leading auto makers with audio, video, navigation and driver assistance products. The company specializes in system integration solutions with innovative vehicle entertainment and information technologies. Alpine’s R&D and manufacturing facilities in Japan, China, Europe and North America ensure that all products address the real world requirement of drivers in each market. The company is committed to developing products that are safe, easy to use, and eco-friendly for the automotive environment.
. By integrating the smartphone handset seamlessly with in-car electronics, this technology is able to bring smartphone widget-based services like navigation, music, weather reports and application stores, in addition to the usual call and talk functions of a mobile phone into the car environment. Once connected, and with appropriate safety measures in place, users are able to ergonomically and safely use services and applications through the high resolution screens and audio systems embedded in the car. The technology was developed in cooperation with CE4A and paves the way for standardized interface between smartphones and automotive infotainment systems.
Connectivity between the smartphone and the car allows for key information such as fuel levels and engine status to be combined with GPS information from the smartphone or car, enabling location-based services. These services might include the nearest petrol station with the day’s lowest prices or even offering an e-coupon for a free coffee if the driver chooses a particular station. In addition, ADAS*-based safety features could also be supported, for example, to warn drivers to slow down for an upcoming sharp bend.
“The infotainment system of a modern car is a natural extension for the capabilities of smartphones. Not only will it simplify the use of turn-by-turn voice guidance from Ovi Maps, but also provide a new and easy way of accessing other content on the smartphone, such as music, and delivering automotive specific widgets from the Ovi Store,” said Vishal Chatrath, Head of Product Development for Nokia Automotive.
“This collaboration offers Alpine Electronics the opportunity for further innovation using our Mobile Media Solutions in the automotive industry. We look forward to leveraging our past experience and leadership in bringing smartphone connectivity to the vehicle environment to meet thefuture needs of our automotive partners,” said Toru Usami, Executive Managing Director, Alpine Electronics.
Connection from the mobile device to the infotainment system is made either via Bluetooth or USB cable, a useful choice depending on the type of the journey. For a short distance the driver could leave the phone in a briefcase and connect wirelessly, but for longer journeys, the smartphone battery can be preserved by connecting with a cable.
“We are pleased to help bridge the automotive and wireless world by enabling drivers to experience the best of both, with the convenience of integrated in the vehicle and the phone.. This will allow drivers to access mobile applications conveniently and safely via a large, fixed screen and the car “hands-free” controls. This development takes us another step forward towards seamless navigation inside and outside of the car,” commented Rich Shuman, senior vice president, APAC, sales, NAVTEQ