LA Auto Show Weekly Brief—11.21.11

LA Auto Show Weekly Brief—11.21.11

In this week's Brief: The Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan North America, Chevrolet, Honda, Telenor, Google, Mentor Graphics, the GENIVI Alliance, Tampere University of Technology, Verizon Wireless and Pedigree Technologies

Automotive manufacturers, members of the press, and the general public descended on the Los Angeles Convention Center for the annual Los Angeles Auto Show.

The show has already surpassed 50 vehicle debuts, and many of those debuts have featured new infotainment offerings.

Eco-friendly cars have been another theme, with 15 brands and more than 20 vehicles participating in the show’s Green Cars Ride & Drive program.

The show runs until November 27.

Nissan North America announced Infiniti Connection at the LA Auto Show.

The new telematics system runs on ATX Group’s connected vehicle platform and will provide Infiniti owners with location-enabled safety, security, and convenience.

ATX's flexible, next-generation platform was designed with a focus on automated/interactive voice and direct operator communication within the vehicle, personalized Web portal access and handset applications.

Infiniti Connection will debut in 2012.

Chevrolet introduced its new Spark mini car at the LA Auto Show. The Spark targets city dwellers and comes with the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system.

With MyLink, Spark drivers can utilize a seven inch, color touchscreen that links directly to their smartphones.

Bluetooth connectivity allows access to both Pandora and Stitcher internet radio and navigation.

“This level of infotainment and connectivity was unheard of in this segment, until now,” says Chris Perry, vice president, global Chevrolet marketing and strategy.

Honda unveiled its new compact SUV, the 2012 CR-V, at the LA Auto Show.

The SUV comes equipped with a standard Pandora feature that allows CR-V drivers to personalize stations with thumbs-up, thumbs-down and track skip.

Connectivity to Pandora in the CR-V is enabled by a smartphone and the system is currently compatible with the iPhone.

Honda is the fourteenth automotive brand to feature Pandora content.

In Hong Kong, Telenor and Google launched a global agreement to stimulate further growth of the Android ecosystem.

Telenor’s Android users will be able to access a carefully selected and continuously updated suite of relevant apps inside a fixed destination on the front page of Android Market, in a store-in-store concept.

Customers will be able to pay for apps via their mobile operator, considered crucial in driving app adoption.

The agreement covers all of Telenor’s 11 international markets, with initial launch in the first quarter 2012 in Thailand, Malaysia, Hungary, Sweden and Denmark.

Mentor Graphics added its name to the growing list of suppliers who have made their solutions compliant with the GENIVI Alliance's standards.

Mentor Graphics integrated its Inflexion user interface technology into a GENIVI-compliant embedded in-vehicle infotainment base platform.

The inclusion of the Inflexion UI tool with the Mentor IVI Base Platform enables automotive OEMs and their suppliers to easily develop rich, customized 2D and 3D human machine interfaces, including touch screen capabilities, within the automotive workflow for automotive systems.

Researchers at the Tampere University of Technology in Finland suggested that it's possible to improve the positioning accuracy and reliability of navigation systems by using digital road maps in addition to the main navigation system.

According to the team’s research, a map-aided dead reckoning navigation system has significantly smaller position errors than a traditional dead reckoning navigation system.

With the aid of a street map, cross-track errors can be eliminated any time when the road segment is correctly identified, while along-track errors can be reduced after the turn.

In the team’s study, the combined sensor SCC1300 designed by VTI Technologies was used to improve the positioning results.

Verizon Wireless and Pedigree Technologies jointly announced OneViewPOV, a suite of tablet applications for fleet and field service management on the Verizon Wireless network.  

With OneViewPOV, mobile workers can use tablets for tracking, routing and logging driver hours of service. The app suite also provides companies with a comprehensive view of their mobile enterprise in the cloud.

Verizon and Pedigree announced the new suite at the Fleet & Asset Management USA 2011 conference, sponsored by Telematics Update.

“The Android tablet is a game changer – not just in transportation, but for the whole M2M industry,” says Alex Warner, chief executive officer, Pedigree Technologies.  

“Companies are tired of having to run their operations with individual software solutions and expensive, proprietary hardware. Our business value proposition is to streamline the process and move everything to Verizon Wireless’ 3G and 4G LTE networks.”


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