NY Auto Show Weekly Brief—4.16.12

NY Auto Show Weekly Brief—4.16.12

In this week's Brief: Nissan, Google, Pandora, Intel, Subaru, Chrysler, Acura, Arbitron and Edison Research, iBiquity, GM, IBM, Honda and PG&E

As the New York Auto Show pressed into its second week, a host of new developments unfolded on the telematics front.

Nissan announced a collaboration with technology innovators such as Google, Pandora Radio and Intel to develop class-leading connected content and services to drivers and passengers in a way that doesn’t distract the driver.

A new infotainment platform, NissanConnect, will debut in the Altima in July and come equipped with Google local search, Google send-to-car destination navigation and Pandora Radio entertainment.

The customer's Bluetooth phone will provide the connectivity.

"It's clear that consumers expect to be connected wherever they are, and that includes the time spent in their automobiles," said Carlos Ghosn, Nissan's CEO.

Subaru debuted its new EyeSight driver assistance system, which uses forward facing cameras with pedestrian recognition capability to warn drivers of approaching pedestrians on crosswalks and in roads.

The system will include an optional “TSA” software that integrates airport security body scanning software as used by the Transport Security Administration at airports to send images to a cell phone that can identify hidden objects on people situated in front of an equipped vehicle.

The system will hit dealerships in 2013 Subaru Legacies and Outbacks.

Chrysler extended its Uconnect service with a new suite of downloadable apps. The apps are available in the new Uconnect Media Center, which also provides direct connection to emergency services, regular vehicle health reports and services like remote lock and unlock.

The certified in-vehicle applications will be driving-relevant and will be controlled with natural voice recognition or steering wheel controls. The ramped up Uconnect service will debut on the Ram 1500.

Acura unveiled an RLX telematics concept in keeping with the 'human-centered synergy' focus of its vehicles. The RLX will feature state-of-the-art communications, navigation, and infotainment technologies with intuitive and easy-to-operate controls.

Dual LCD screens will provide direct one-touch access to functions like audio, navigation and voice-to-text SMS text message function.

The RLX will also feature the next-gen AcuraLink Communication System, which incorporates built-in two-way cellular communication to deliver an array of new convenience features, including airbag deployment notification, stolen vehicle tracking, remote locking and unlocking, security alarm notification and concierge service.

Beyond the New York Auto Show, Chrysler unveiled plans for wireless charging in future vehicles. The company wants to eliminate unsightly dangling power cords by installing a power bin in front of the center console.

The bin has a built-in charging grid that is activated when customers place in their battery-powered device. The unit begins to charge when the vehicle is started.

A phone case, specifically designed for a variety of smartphones, is required and included with the feature, which will first be available in the 2013 Dodge Dart.

The weekly audience for online radio has increased more than 30 percent from a year ago, reports a new national survey from Arbitron and Edison Research.

An estimated 76 million Americans age 12 and older, a full 29 percent of the population, tunes their dials to internet radio. The study attributes the growth mostly to the rise in smartphone penetration and the increasing ubiquity of the mobile web.

iBiquity announced that GM will be the first American OEM to offer the HD Radio "Artist Experience" feature, which enables images related to a radio broadcast to be displayed on the in-dash screen, such as album cover art and station logos.

HD Radio Technology is subscription-free broadcast radio, and the Artist Experience will come fully loaded on select vehicles within the Chevrolet, GMC and Buick brands.

IBM teamed up with Honda and PG&E on a new pilot project that allows communication between electric vehicles and the power grid. The project will test an EV’s ability to receive and respond to charge instructions based on the grid condition and the vehicle's battery state.

With visibility into charging patterns, energy providers will have the ability to more effectively manage charging during peak hours and create consumer-friendly programs to encourage electric vehicle adoption.

Saul Zambrano, senior director for consumer products for PG&E, said the pilot attempts to demonstrate “that third-party providers have the systems and capabilities to help meet some of the challenges that electric vehicles could place on the power grid as their adoption increases in the coming years.
 


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