Telematics & Connected Cars a Major Theme at NY Auto Show

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Telem­at­ics has been a major theme at this year’s New York Inter­na­tion­al Auto Show for a wide vari­ety of vehi­cle types. Telem­at­ics News did its home­work on the top­ic and found an inter­est­ing dis­play of new tech­nolo­gies being used for vehi­cle and dri­ver safe­ty, con­ve­nience, and con­nec­tiv­i­ty…

• The new Range Rover Sport enables cus­tomers to stay seam­less­ly con­nect­ed to their vehi­cle, busi­ness and fam­i­ly lives. “Con­nect­ed car” tech­nol­o­gy allows the dri­ver to check the sta­tus of the vehi­cle via an App installed on their smart­phone and also pro­vides sup­port fea­tures such as Stolen Vehi­cle Track­ing, Emer­gency Call and Land Rover Assist Call.
• The new Hon­da Odyssey uti­lizes Hon­daLink, which enables Odyssey own­ers to con­nect quick­ly and eas­i­ly to a wealth of cloud-based con­tent. The Odyssey Tour­ing Elite will also come equipped with advanced Hon­da dri­ver assis­tive and vis­i­bil­i­ty tech­nolo­gies.
• The updat­ed Toy­ota High­lander options include the Entune mul­ti­me­dia sys­tem and the Safe­ty Con­nect ser­vices. The new High­lander includes a stan­dard Dis­play Audio which also comes with an Inte­grat­ed Back­up Cam­era, or an option­al 8-inch touch screen Nav­i­ga­tion with Entune mul­ti­me­dia sys­tem.
• The new Audi A3 fea­tures new, seg­ment-first tech­nolo­gies. One exam­ple is the imple­men­ta­tion of the new NVIDIA graph­ics pro­cess­ing unit (GPU). The NVIDIA GPU gen­er­ates com­plex three-dimen­sion­al images used in all online, voice con­trol, media nav­i­ga­tion and tele­phone func­tions.
Mini announced at the auto show that four new part­ners will pro­vide inte­grat­ed Apple iPhone apps for Mini Con­nect­ed, MINI’s flex­i­ble and inno­v­a­tive info­tain­ment plat­form. The new apps will also be avail­able to BMW dri­vers through their iDrive units.

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