Redbend aims to simplify over-the-air software updates for manufacturers


Mobile software management company Redbend continues its advance on the connected car industry with the launch of over-the-air software management platform Redbend 10.

Fresh from being acquired by Connecticut-headquartered Harman, Redbend has announced its latest package that lets manufacturers apply software and firmware updates using

By Simon Holland, 19 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Devices, Infotainment.

Huawei and Orange join forces on Car Wi-Fi


Internet access in the connected car will become a great deal more usable after Chinese telecommunications company Huawei and Orange, a French mobile network, announced a wi-fi product for cars in Spain.

Huawei’s Car Wi-Fi system can manage up to 10 different devices, including laptops, mobile phones and tablets. For the average car that seats a maximum of five people, each person would be able to use two different internet-connected devices which is more than...

By Simon Holland, 17 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Devices.

What role will active noise cancellation play in the connected car?

According to a recent research conducted by HARMAN, road noise is the top noise distraction for drivers. An astonishing 55% of respondents in the survey cited this ‘droning’ sound, caused by road noise transmitted through the vehicle structure, as the number one complaint in an environment where they want to enjoy their music.

HARMAN’s survey, conducted in late 2014, also confirmed that car remains the most popular place to listen to music. Of particular interest is the rise among younger...

By Rajus Augustine, 06 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Infotainment, Video and audio.

Spotlight on the infotainment systems of the future

Technology has come on leaps and bounds over the past few years, especially when it comes to in-car gadgets.

Here is a look at some of the eye-catching infotainment systems to get excited about:

Hyundai Display Audio system

If you are a music fan, the very thought of a car being devoid of a CD player may sound like a nightmare. Do not panic though, as Hyundai has a nifty solution should they decide to leave a CD player out of some of their future vehicles.

The South Korean manufacturer’s Display Audio...

By Mark King, 05 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Infotainment.

Outbreak of car thieves exploiting keyless entry spreads across London


London has fallen victim to a new wave of tech-savvy criminals that have been breaking into cars through their keyless entry features.

To paint a picture of how commonplace this is, the Metropolitan Police Office reports that more than 6,000 cars and vans across the UK’s capital were stolen without the owners’ keys, which is an average of 17 vehicles each day. These figures represent 42% of all car and van thefts.

Thieves are said to be using a device that can...

By Simon Holland, 04 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Data & Analytics, Devices, Privacy, Security.

SanDisk launches connected car-focused flash storage

Flash storage manufacturer SanDisk has announced a number of new solutions designed specifically for connected cars and automotive infotainment systems.

The automotive-grade NAND flash memory has been optimised to help bring about more reliable in-car applications, such as 3D mapping, navigation-based augmented reality, driver-assist technology and data event recorders.

SanDisk is offering an SD card and iNAND embedded flash drive product in a range of capacities rising to 64GB. Both are said to enable faster...

By Simon Holland, 03 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Head-up Display, Infotainment, Navigation.

Google wins gesture control patent for autonomous vehicles


Automated vehicles are just one aspect of the driving experience Google is investigating, with news emerging that the company has won a patent where gestures can manipulate in-car controls.

The idea is to help drivers remain focused on the road because as in-car technology increases, so does the amount of controls required to use it. Even speech-to-text solutions can cause their fair share of...

By Simon Holland, 30 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Devices, Driverless, Infotainment.

Hyundai adopts Baidu CarLife for its connected cars in China

Asian web services company Baidu has revealed plans to compete with Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto in China with CarLife.

Hyundai has announced that it will be one of the first manufacturers to use the service after the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding and it is planning to embed the software in a Sonata sedan.

The ongoing wrangling between the Chinese government, Google and Apple over their systems is what led Hyundai to investigate Baidu’s carlife, according to...

By Simon Holland, 28 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, CarPlay, Devices, Ecosystems, Navigation.

German automakers to shun Google’s driverless project?


Google may have to skip the likes of Volkswagen, Daimler and Audi when looking for driverless partners if the German government has its way.

During a recent interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany’s transportation minister Alexander Dobrindt, spoke of a government initiative it was calling Digitales Testfeld Autobahn that would involve a stretch of smart highway in Bavaria.

Dobrindt, who may have concerns about the NSA tracking German citizens, revealed that...

By Simon Holland, 27 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Devices, Driverless, Navigation.

Ford doubles down on the connected car with research centre opening

Palo Alto’s Silicon Valley will be the location of a new Ford research centre, which the company hopes will drive innovation, connectivity, mobility and autonomous vehicles.

By the end of the year, Ford wants its new project to be one of the largest automotive manufacturer research centres in Silicon Valley with 125 researchers, engineers and scientists.

Ex-Apple man Dragos Maciuca, who has a background in consumer electronics, semiconductor manufacturing, aerospace and automotive, will take up the...