Smart phone as primary computer and vehicle unit as terminal
Abalta’s connected car solution powered by CSR’s SiRFprimaII in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) location, connectivity and multimedia SOC (system-on-a-chip) allows consumers to have one electronic hardware in the vehicle supporting latest smart phones and tablets as they released, otherwise to say is WEBLINK is smartphone agnostic.
Using Abalta’s WEBLINK technology user’s phone becomes the primary computing device, with the vehicle head unit acting as a ‘terminal’ to the phone. In this type of hardware solution, these vehicle systems no longer need a web browser and, as the vehicle ages, it will take advantage of the ever increasing power and capability of future smartphones as drivers buy new feature rich phones while still using the same vehicle.
WEBLINK designed to function with all modern smartphones and facilitates the easy addition of new popular and relevant services and applications.
CSR says "The increased processing power provided to the head unit by the smartphone, combined with the advanced video decoding capabilities of SiRFprimaII, means that there is no distortion to the images or icons being displayed. This meets the safety guidelines for automotive UIs set by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other regulatory bodies. Driver distraction is minimised as the driver need never look at their smartphone screen while on the road."
“Automotive OEMs and their tier one suppliers have been struggling for some time with finding the most optimal way to enable the use of smartphone based applications in the car,” says Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President, Business Group at CSR. “The challenge has been to marry the increasing functionality and power of the smartphone with in-vehicle safety demands to provide an ideal user experience while driving. WEBLINK meets the goals of optimal delivery of applications and services to the driver, allowing them to take full advantage of the fast-changing and increasing functionality of smartphones. The SiRFprimaII platform is designed to be a highly scalable, flexible, long-term and cost-effective solution for OEMs. By adding WEBLINK, we are ultimately broadening the appeal of the platform to a global customer base.”