Smartphone-centric in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems will allow the car to access the contents of the portable device and display the data and apps on the in-dash head unit. For example, drivers can pipe Google Maps or smartphone navigation apps onto the car’s display screen and control the applications from there. Similarly, they can use the larger display to manage what they are listening to without having to access their mobile devices. Using industry-standard interface technologies like VNC ensures that any phone or other hardware will work with any vehicle.
When integrated into the application processor, VNC Automotive enables automatic detection, screen replication and control of virtually any mobile device from a vehicle’s touch-screen or fixed-input controls such as steering-wheel switches and head-unit buttons. With RealVNC’s remote control capabilities pre-integrated onto ST’s processors, head-unit and infotainment system manufacturers will be able to cut time-to-market for smartphone-centric in-vehicle infotainment systems.
In addition, ST’s infotainment application processors are capable of providing a vehicle-occupant’s smartphone with GNSS positioning signals from the in-dash system, enabling more accurate navigation capabilities and extending phone-battery life.
“Seamless interaction between the phone and the car reduces driver distraction and increases cruising convenience making available the most relevant applications for in-vehicle use, including calling, navigation, and listening to music, through the in-car display,” said Fabrice Guerrier, Product Manager, Navigation & Infotainment at STMicroelectronics. “Adding RealVNC’s Automotive interface to ST’s automotive application processors increases the choice for car infotainment makers and shortcuts the path to building high-performance and flexible smartphone-centric in-vehicle systems.”
VNC Automotive provides full cross-platform remote access and control of mobile devices from IVI systems. The technology also enables many additional features, greater performance and robust, production ready availability on the widest range of mobile handsets.