OEMs, suppliers and third-party companies are battling for consumer mindshare as well as the precious real estate located front and center on every vehicle’s dashboard. Tech giants like Apple and Google are even getting in on the automotive action as the industry pushes to deliver more capable and easier-to-use electronics.
Abalta’s WEBLINK technology enables a new approach for the connected car. With Abalta’s WEBLINK, a user’s phone becomes the primary computing device with the vehicle headunit acting as a “terminal” to the phone. The vehicle can leverage the capabilities of the phone and the in-vehicle infotainment systems can be greatly simplified and built at a lower cost. Since Abalta’s WEBLINK utilizes the smartphone browser, which is constantly being improved, there is no need to add and maintain a web browser on the vehicle headunit.
Summary: Abalta provides an overview of the key strategies emerging for integrating smart phone technology and apps into the automotive environment. This entry provides a simple and brief overview of the main approaches that are surfacing in the space. This truncated snapshot is available via a PDF download below. This summary is a small portion of a larger evaluation that delves into these approaches more deeply and explores the viewpoint of each of the participants - developers, vehicle owners, OEMs and system vendors.