Although the details remain vague, Toyota and Intel will begin working together on a new cabin tech platform, which not only should cover the basics, such as navigation and phone systems, but also reach through the CAN Bus to interact with vehicle subsystems.
The aim of their partnership is to find a way where users can use their mobile devices in vehicles without impacting on driver distraction. The companies say that they are aiming to “integrate advanced technologies in the vehicle in a more intuitive manner that reduces driver distraction.” To this end, the companies are focusing their research on developing a user interaction methodology that includes touch, gesture and voice technologies.
As technology converges with the car, silicon solutions serving the infotainment and telematics market are expected to rise from $5.6 billion in 2010 to $8.7 billion in 2018. Although Intel has virtually conceded the smartphone market to ARM - based processors, it may yet find a way to capitalise on the explosion in the smartphone segment.
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