Visteon to unveil Linux-based (GENIVI capable) infotainment system

Talking to iSuppli, Visteon has said that it will show a ‘connected car demonstrator’ at CES 2010.

Visteon has designed an open architecture automotive-grade in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) development platform that is capable of connecting to the outside world through various methods, including the use of embedded phones, tethered mobile devices or USB connectivity cards.

The connected car demonstrator currently uses the Linux-based Moblin2.0 open source software platform optimized for mobile Internet devices. This enables Visteon to use existing open source features and applications to reduce development costs and develop new features in parallel.

When a feature is ready, it can be ported to the specific platform. Another advantage of the open source approach is software upgradability, which will provide a level of future-proofing for the platform and allow the system to be upgraded after launch.

Visteon plans to migrate the Moblin 2.0 Operating System (OS) to the automotive-compliant GENIVI OS as soon as it is released. Along with the connected car exhibit at CES 2010, Visteon will present its open architecture IVI development platform aligned with the GENIVI reference design.

As part of the connected car demonstration, Visteon will show how users can access third-party applications from its portal as well as configure the in-vehicle experience from their home PC environment. Visteon confirmed that the connected car platform is able to handle most Web pages using the systems browser.

The Visteon team at CES 2010 will demonstrate some of the following features:

– Multi Media Source capability, which allows users to select and display media and information from multiple sources. This means users can search by track, album or playlist, regardless of the number of storage sources (i.e., the system catalogs and normalizes audio information for selection and playback), allowing users to seamlessly select tracks regardless of their location.

– Multiple USBs: The current hardware configuration will allow up to four USB devices to be connected, such as an iPod, iPhone or flash drive.

– Multiple display capability. The connected car platform allows users to control and play back media from multiple sources, using each of the touch-screen interfaces and creating a zoned concept for media access.

Other general applications on display include weather, song tagging, streaming media, navigation Skype and live traffic cameras. Visteon collaborated with North American road traffic camera company Trafficland to provide live images from traffic cameras within the vicinity of the vehicle or along a desired driving route. This will allow drivers to view live traffic cameras to aid their routing choice.

Source: iSuppli.

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