Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto have arrived on the scene and are now very comfortably nestled into the dashboard of CNET’s test car. I’ve been using the two dueling smartphone integration systems for a few months now — 8 months, to be exact, for CarPlay and 2 with Android Auto — so I think it’s time that we address the question on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Which one is better?
You cannot deny the ubiquity of the Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto in cars coming soon. Get used to this interface, although you may already be since it feels like your phone. Will safety of the user interface be better than fumbling around and dropping the phone between the seats occasionally? I think so. Will it add value to a carmakers brand? I think not. Can anyone stop the trend? Not likely.
The concept of your car being smarter than you is generally unattractive to most people that will be buyers of cars in the future. The missing element is a conscience, a uniquely human possession. Consciences demand moral training and are influenced by the environment each of us live in. I don’t think anyone will be able to train a robot or car to replicate that and own the liability that goes with it.
With the ongoing integration of advanced computer systems into vehicles, the interfaces within are becoming ever-more complex. As the prime points of interaction between driver and car, these ‘human–machine interfaces’ (HMI) demand great care and attention from manufacturers, designers and engineers alike.
To that end, we have produced an eBook and 5-part blog where we look into this phenomenon of growing in-car HMI complexity. We explore our belief that an interface should match the evocative nature and elegance of an automobile’s exterior and interior design. We also outline our key thoughts on how, in partnership with manufacturers, we can bring an extra layer of care into the design of compelling experiences, in order to tame the beast that is in-car HMI.
As always, we welcome your feedback and views on this exciting subject. Please do contact us if you want to chat about any aspects of the eBook in further detail.
Jaguar Land Rover has revealed some of the prototype technologies that its UK research team are developing to deliver autonomous driving in the future. The Rover Sport research vehicle demonstrates how a driver could drive the vehicle from outside the car via their smartphone. A smartphone app includes control of steering, accelerator and brakes as well as changing from high and low gear ratios.
4MPH parking aid does not count as autonomous driving in my opinion, but the multi-point ‘spin the car” feature might be handy in my driveway. I can see the Open Source RVI project that JLR is working on being a key part of the link to a smartphone and the vehicle controls.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Carmaker Daimler on Saturday announced a partnership with mobile technologies company Qualcomm Inc. to explore wireless recharging of mobile phones in cars as well as recharging of
Alex (ten minutes later, pork banh mi and root beer in hand): Take me to Ocean Beach. And that’s how Android Auto, Google’s infotainment interface that can be installed in just about any new car, led me to the western edge of San Francisco, where I ate my sandwich, drank my soda, and watched the waves. Today, Hyundai became the first automaker to put cars with Android Auto on dealer lots, starting with the 2015 Sonata sedan.
A few more mainstream articles like this appealing to the actual car buyers may convince the industry that Android is a good thing, at least for now. Moving on from the expensive development process of inventing ones own wheel seems too wasteful for most consumers paying for the radio. Now about your iPhone? Yet another user experience.
A very busy and productive week in Germany. Great turnout of those that care about Linux in the car. GENIVI released its GDP (demonstrator platform) and taught 71 people how to install the system on the new low cost Renesas R-Car Porter board.
Matt Jones of JLR was made president of the Alliance and now bridges the gap to aligning AGL since he is now on both boards, GENIVI and Linux Foundation. All are hoping for a smooth and faster ride around the sharp curves ahead. W3C launched its full scale Automotive Working Group and member ACCESS already build a prototype to validate the HTML5 automotive API. Running on the Renesas Lager-H2 you can communicate from an embedded browser to the steering, accelerator and brakes.Logically this was a heavy conversation during the OA’15 Automotive Security sessions held at the same venue in Stuttgart. Home of Daimler, with several from the new GENIVI member around, we should expect to see news emerging into the open soon.
I will be traveling from sunny Phoenix tomorrow to be fully prepared for a busy week circulating with about 400 members of the GENIVI Alliance along with some special guests. The event returns to Germany where major automotive development and innovation occurs on a daily basis. Home to recent member Daimler Corporation in Stuttgart, already a dozen delegates from Mercedes Benz will be participating. Of course all the typical european automakers (BMW, Jaguar Land-Rover, Volvo, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Renault) and their suppliers, plus many from other geographies (Ford, Nissan and Hyundai).
I’m looking forward to some private meetings with any of the members looking for marketing support and have time in my calendar on Sun 19-April, Mon 20-April, and at a few time slots through the rest of the week. Please reach out to me at JAHoffmann@mac.com and we will work out a time and date. Here’s my list of…
The agenda and schedule is set. If you can make it to New York this summer, choose a great summer week like June 22. The show will be bigger and better I hear, and C3 will continue to move the Connected Car conversation.