A generation ahead – the new dashlinq4

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The next-gen of Android based aftermarket in-car infotainment systems

The announced change in the car audio industry has come to hand as expected. Today the modern car is equipped with a up-to-date infotainment system. Devices for communication, navigation, entertainment maintenance and safety become a physical unit and is integrated in the middle of car dashboards.


As one of the earliest android based in-car infotainment system makers, Innotrends has been focusing on latest technology standards since the beginning and continuously provides its CA-FI headunits for aftermarket which meet consumers’ demands. In order to provide a optimized in-car experience the R&D team of CA-FI has spent the past 2013 developing the Dashlinq4.


Dashlinq4 is the new line of car infotainment that follows the spirit of CA-FI. Based on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), equipped with Cortex A9 Dual core 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, ultra-sensitive 7” and 8” automotive-grade capacitive touch panels and featured with safe drive mode (SDM), RDS, portable USB supported hard disks and Bluetooth supported OBDII* interfaces.

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Another surprise: The dashlinq4 comes without any DVD or CD player. Instead of the optical drive the consumer will find a larger screen which makes the access and operation easier and keeps the safety at the high level. With this change Innotrends becomes the first aftermarket car infotainment maker who renounced the optical drives and keeps the original look of the car interior.


The Dashlinq4 line with WLAN starts with a retail price of US$499.

Full specifications -click here-

*OBD-II (On-board diagnostics) provides access to data from the engine control unit (ECU) and offers a valuable source of information when troubleshooting problems inside a vehicle.

Screenshots:

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Music playback SWC

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Dashcam introduction
DIMIKA FullHD mini video camera

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On Friday, Innotrends announced the roll-out of its new mini 1080p video camera for mid of November and we got the first hands-on on this tiny gadget.

DIMIKA-DASHCAMGenerally the cam is designed as a multi-functional mini camera which can impress by its size and weight in context with its performance.

With a 5 Elements 140 degree glass lens and a true fullHD (1080p) CMOS image sensor the cam records videos with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixel by 30 fps.

So, can we recommend it as a Dashcam? Yes we can! Here are some related features:

Outstanding night video quality

The image sensor has a low-light sensitivity of 3300 mV/lux-sec.

Loop recording

To make sure the camera doesn’t just stop recording when it runs out of storage space.

Auto on/off

Let the camera automatically starts and stop recording by switching the ignition on or off.

G-Sensor

If the G-sensor detect a shock (accident), it will automatically save the current footage to an event folder, on this way it will not be overwritten by loop recording.

 

The Dimika cam is now available on its official website for pre-order. The current price is 69US$ only and early birds getting an extra 10% discount by using the coupon code ‘earlybird’.

For more infos visit www.dimika-camera.com

2014 McLaren models to gain an Android-based infotainment system

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Automakers have been flirting with Google’s Android operating system for years but it finally looks like a prominent player is about to adopt some Mountain View goodness.

McLaren Life member MP4GASM was at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance earlier this month and was given a chance to play around with the 2014 MP4-12C. He quickly noticed the car features a new IRIS infotainment system that runs Android but closely mimics the experience of the previous system. Read more…

Source: worldcarfans.com

Reviewed.com: Streaming apps offer alternative to car radio

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Car connectivity systems are offering listening options beyond terrestrial radio, but they have been slow to catch on.

If you’re shopping for a new car, there’s a good chance that it will come standard with a dashboard infotainment system that offers dozens of ways to listen to music, podcasts or audio books. But if you’re like most drivers, you’re still tuning in the old-fashioned way.

Americans are increasingly listening to Internet radio — 45% of adults do so at home or in the office, according to ratings service Arbitron. But that trend isn’t following listeners into their cars, where 84% of drivers still listen to old-fashioned AM and FM radio stations. Read more…

Source: usatoday.com

GOOGLE: 900 million Android activations!

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Open Source:
The rise of Linux in in-vehicle infotainment (IVI)

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Tux - Linux

A Linux Foundation executive revealed that the 2014 Toyota Lexus IS is the second major automobile to offer an in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system based on Linux. Meanwhile, ABI Research projects that Linux will quickly grow to represent 20 percent of automotive computers by 2018, pulling closer to Microsoft behind industry-leading QNX.

Since the GENIVI Foundation was launched in 2009 to foster standardization on automotive computers built on open source Linux, the move toward Linux-based IVI and connected automotive telematics systems has been halting. Now, however, a second car manufacturer — Toyota — is introducing a Linux IVI system, according to the Linux Foundation. Read more…

Source: linuxgizmos.com/

Can Car Technology Solve Distracted Driving Problem?

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Technology gets blamed for distracted driving, but can it also fix this problem?

Auto technology is shifting to another gear, with everything from windshields that are really heads-up data displays to self-driving cars being developed by Google (GOOG).

One issue, as smartphones and infotainment systems evolve, is how to give drivers information they want yet still let them keep their attention on the road. Car companies, device makers and policy-makers are debating the details.

“A challenge for us is that you may have guidelines about a vehicle, but (drivers) can buy a portable navigation unit, stick it on the dash and that device wouldn’t be covered,” said Wade Newton, spokesman with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a trade association of 12 automakers including Ford (F), General Motors (GM), BMW, Volkswagen (VLKAY) and Toyota (TM). Read more…

Source: investors.com

Dramatic Growth in Global Automotive Infotainment Systems Net an Installed Base of 85 Million by 2017

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The Connected Car: New Opportunities for Service Providers, their Suppliers and Software Developers.

Think of the Connected Car as a new device for your mobile communications/entertainment plan. It’s an extension of the personal entertainment cloud and a new screen for an operator’s multiscreen video service. It can leverage proximity and device presence functionality using a cellular provider’s 4G network. It can use GPS to help avoid heavy traffic and instant messaging to notify colleagues of your location and ETA. The Connected Car can prompt your home control system to adjust your thermostat and deactivate your home alarm system as you arrive at home. Read more…

Source: fortmilltimes.com

MARKET WATCH: Wireless Technologies to Proliferate in Cars

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Mechanisms like Bluetooth and embedded cellular to see more robust growth than wired solutions

Wireless technologies like Bluetooth and embedded cellular will gain increasing importance for automotive infotainment and safety purposes over wired solutions, providing solid revenue growth this year and beyond, according to an Automotive Infotainment market tracker report from information and analytics provider IHS. Revenue for original equipment manufacturers (OEM) of wireless solutions in cars will reach a projected $1.17 billion this year, up a respectable 5 percent from $1.11 billion last year. While growth this year has moderated from the sizable double-digit increases of 2011 and 2012, continued expansion is assured in the years ahead. An uptick in the 8 percent range is expected during both 2014 and 2015, with revenue headed toward $1.57 billion by 2018. Read more…

Source: isuppli.com

ANDROID POLICE:
GLASSTESLA Combines Tesla Cars And Google Glass: It’s The Closest Thing You Can Get To KITT

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If you can afford a Tesla electric car (in addition to the car you drive when you have to go more than three hundred miles), odds are pretty good that you can afford a Google Glass Explorer unit, too. If you happen to have both, in addition to the envy of every working class geek on the Internet, a developer has just enabled you to combine your favorite technological excesses. GLASSTESLA mixes the functions of the official Tesla app with the always-on, ever-ready nature of Glass to make you and your car into an ultra-efficient crime-fighting duo. You don’t actually have to fight crime. But you totally could. Read more…

Source: androidpolice.com

THE ANDROID CAR:
Why You’ll Be Driving One Soon

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An Android car might not be as far off as you think. If this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was any indication (click), we could be buying cars running entirely on Google’s mighty mobile OS before the end of the decade. Surprised? Don’t be. The automobile and the smartphone are two very different technologies with two very different uses, but it makes perfect sense for these two innovations to merge.

The power of an open OS

While it’s certainly true that elaborate in-car information and entertainment systems are becoming more widespread, we’ve yet to see a car that’s fully controlled by a mobile OS like Android. That said, car manufacturers are already using Android’s source kernel to find new ways to sync your smartphone and your dashboard. With all this tinkering and customization, it’s only a matter of time before your Android device and your steering column are intertwined. Read more…

Source: business2community.com

PROS & CONS:
Drivers can learn to master high tech devices

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Are you smart enough for your car? The latest driver distraction study claims we are barely able to manage mobile phones, hand-held or hands-free, let alone deal with voice-controlled email or texting.

The study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety comes on the heels of the U.S. Department of Transportation telling automakers that touch screens in cars are a bad idea.

Not surprisingly, these findings have caused a stir among car companies, especially the premium brands, which are steadily upping the sophistication of vehicle infotainment systems.

Auto company experts counter that the AAA study only focuses on the cognitive aspects of cellphone usage and ignores the physical advantages and other positive aspects of hands-free devices. The auto industry says far more research studies are needed before any firm conclusions can be drawn. Read more…

Source: The Detroit News

CONNECTED CARS:
Cars with in-built connectivity are coming

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The first in-depth report into the future of the industry claims that by 2020, 90% of new vehicles will have in-built connectivity but that there are still a number of major obstacles to overcome before innovations can really bring consumer benefits.

Published by Telefonica, the Connected Car Industry 2013 report details what it calls the car industry’s biggest transformation in over a century and how consumer demand as much as technological advancement is driving this transformation. Read more…

Source: timeslive.co.za

RESEARCH:
Consumers expect advanced infotainment systems in their cars

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Three-quarters of respondents to a survey regarding in-car infotainment systems said they wanted a digital radio included and a quarter would like to play DVDs on screens in the headrests. And 10% would like a games console for backseat passengers.

Dermot Kelleher, head of marketing and research at Motors.co.uk, which carried out the survey, said: “One of the key trends in the automotive sector this year has been the desire of carmakers to develop more innovative in-car entertainment devices and apps. Read more…

Source: am-online.com

CAR INFOTAINMENT:
The Future of Internet & Cars

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I’ve been doing some thinking about the future of cars and the impact of the internet.  A large part of this is just some idle thoughts, a small part is driven by my love of cars, and a small part is thinking about what potential opportunities for innovation & investment might stem from this.  I started jotting this down about a month ago but Google’s acquisition of Waze was a good prompt to finish off this post.

When people talk about “internet” and “cars” people usually think of internet-connected automobiles for the purposes of infotainment. Read more…

Source: venturefizz.com

REPORT: CONNECTED CARS WILL BE THE NORM BY 2020

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Connected cars won’t be the odd man out in the coming years. They’ll be the standard in less than a decade, according to a report released today.

Telefonica Digital, a telecommunications company, predicts that 90 percent of vehicles will have built-in Internet connectivity by 2020 — up dramatically from about 10 percent today. The firm’s report outlines how that development will take place.

The report also points out that more connected cars — and extras in general — will mean a larger amount of time between sale and delivery. Read more…

Source: autonews.com
Graph: Telefonica, citing Machina Research, 2013.

CAR INFOTAINMENT:
Experts Examine Auto Telematics’ Pitfalls, Potential

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Automotive telematics, an industry still in its infancy, has many questions facing its future, including how auto makers can monetize the cutting-edge technology and who will seize control of the emerging field.

How to turn a profit with telematics technology such as in-vehicle infotainment systems was a key topic of discussion during the recent Telematics Detroit 2013 conference here. Auto makers currently charge customers an upfront fee for the technology, but there is potential to turn infotainment systems into an ongoing revenue stream. Read more…

Source: wardsauto.com

Ca-Fi® Dashlinq Demo

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Source: Ca-Fi Ukraine

CAR INFOTAINMENT:
QNX expands system for Android apps

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New car buyers should expect to see Android apps on their vehicle infotainment systems, according to officials.

QNX Software Systems Limited, which creates the operating system for hundreds of different vehicles, this week announced it is expanding its software infotainment platform to include Android apps. he QNX CAR Platform already supports both HTML5 and OpenGL ES, the two most popular open standards for mobile app development. Read more…

Source: www.mlive.com

CAR INFOTAINMENT:
Open source drives innovation

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The speed of innovation in automotive IVI is making a lot of heads turn. No question, Linux OS and Android are the engines for change.

The open source software movement has forever transformed the mobile device landscape. Consumers are able to do things today that 10 years ago were unimaginable. Just when smartphone and tablet users are comfortable using their devices in their daily lives, another industry is about to be transformed. The technology enabled by open source in this industry might be even more impressive than what we’ve just experienced in the smartphone industry. Read more…

Source: embedded-computing.com