For over a week now, Visteon has been showcasing its C-Beyond concept vehicle, loaded with new electronic features, to vehicle manufacturers and the media in China.
The vehicle features over 40 innovative technologies in climate systems, infotainment and connectivity, and interior and exterior lighting. Visteon will preview the vehicle with automakers in China in August, demonstrating the company’s innovation process and capabilities.
As a part of this C-Beyond concept, Visteon has developed an iPhone/iPod Touch app that allows users to remotely control the vehicle’s front or rear entertainment system.
This application includes flexible menu functions that allow users to scroll and select content remotely from the infotainment system. Connection is established using Wi-Fi with WPA2 security and XML-based communication.
Some of the benefits highlighted by Visteon include:
* Reduced overall system cost as the consumer would already own the smartphone
* Language independence
* Increased branding and revenue opportunity for automakers
* Configurable interface based on age group (e.g., child or adult)
* Possibility to add features even after the car is sold
A number of vehicle manufacturers are developing phone based apps for cars. Whilst some focus on connecting the phone to the car (Eg. Smart, Ford, MINI) and others on remote control for use outside the car (Eg. GM, Mercedes), Visteon’s concept is new in terms of using the smartphone as a remote control inside the car to control the infotainment system.