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New iPhone now in production, say Taiwan suppliers

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Component suppliers in Taiwan have reportedly started deliveries to Foxconn and Pegatron – the two OEMs that manufacture iPhones — for production of the next-generation device, which is expected to be released in September.

Initial shipments of the new iPhone 6S in Q4 are expected to reach at least 50 million units, a source familiar with the iPhone supply chain told DigiTimes.

Total iPhone shipments in 2015 are expected to reach 230 million to 240 million units, compared to 192 million units shipped in 2014, the source forecasts.

Taiwan-based suppliers such as Pegatron, Zhen Ding, Flexium and Largan Precision have all had to expand their production facilities to meet rising orders from Apple, DigiTimes said.

Record iPhone shipments have helped boost their sales as well as others, including Catcher Technology, Foxlink Technology and General Interface Solution (GIS). GIS last month reported a 60 per cent increase in its fiscal Q3 revenue thanks to strong orders from Apple.

The world’s largest contract chip manufacturer TSMC reportedly will supply chips for the next iPhone models.

Last week Bloomberg reported Apple has started early production of devices, which feature a screen including the “Force Touch” technology introduced by Apple’s Watch. Force Touch enables the device to differentiate between “a tap and a press”, enabling users to access different functions based on the intensity of the input.

Externally, it is possible Apple will use a stronger grade of aluminium which is 60 per cent stronger but still lightweight, and which has already been used in the Watch wearable.

Also suggested is a new colour variant – pink (likely to be called “rose gold”, echoing the colour used in Apple’s Watch line).

Internally, the device is likely to gain a faster processor, called A9, alongside 2GB of RAM. The camera is also likely to be upgraded to 12MP.

Source: Mobile World Live-Joseph Waring

Apple fights back against Siri driver distraction critics

Apple has issued a statement in the Wall Street journal criticizing a study conducted by the University of Utah for the American Automobile Association in October that rated Apple’s Siri (and other naturalistic voice-command virtual assistants by proxy) as “the most” distracting in-car task compared to just driving, adjusting the car’s radio or temperature, or using built-in car navigation or infotainment systems. In its response, Apple points out some serious flaws in the study, including the fact that it deliberately avoided using the driving-specific Siri Eyes Free or CarPlay options.

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The study rated driver tasks that used built-in systems such as adjusting the radio, but compared voice systems by having drivers hold the smartphone and use the phone’s native voice assistant (Siri was the only tested system of this nature, but was intended as a “stand-in” for others like Microsoft’s Cortana on Windows 8 phones). The method used to test only voice-assistant smartphone use is patently illegal in many states, and ignored any built-in car integration with Siri or other systems.

The revelation would seem to confirm early criticism of the study that AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety, which paid for the study, has a long history of being opposed to any form of driver distraction at all, going back to the introduction of car audio systems — and that it deliberately slanted the latest study to ignore the safety recommendations of voice-assistant makers like Apple and paint the technology in the worst possible light.

“CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free intuitively use your vehicle’s native controls, so you don’t need to pick-up and look at your phone while driving,” Apple said in its response to the Wall Street Journal, which broke the original story. “These experiences are tailored so you only have access to iPhone apps that are optimized for the car and make sense for an in-vehicle experience.”

Apple’s statement did not challenge, however, the overall conclusion found in a number of studies that natural-voice systems can be distracting. Because Cortana, Google Now, Siri and other natural-voice programs can often misunderstand drivers and be difficult to correct, the more primitive limited-voice command systems can actually be more reliable, though they generally have a far more limited range of abilities.

That said, studies outside the AAA one found that voice command of infotainment systems is generally safer than operating controls manually — the opposite of the AAA study. Anything other than silent concentration on driving alone — even just listening to music — is considered more distracting, but the issue becomes a question of degree. While there is little disagreement that voice-control assistants could be and likely will be made more reliable going forward, the AAA FTS study appears to be nearly worthless, since it did not test voice assistants when they are integrated into the car’s existing systems — a factor that could make a major difference on how distracting the system is.

SBD’s groundbreaking Connected Car Usability Benchmarking USA study challenges industry preconceptions of what drivers need and how the connected car experience should be enabled. The study was conducted in partnership with Morpace, a leading specialist in consumer research, and included expert and consumer testing of systems offered by Chrysler, Honda, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Tesla. More details here or contact SBD through info@sbd.co.uk

Source: MacNN via Telematics News

Is Apple Pay mobile wallet secure?

Apple has unveiled a new mobile wallet system called Apple Pay, which uses NFC for contactless payments. Sophie Curtis examines its security features.

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One of the most notable aspects of Apple’s iPhone 6 announcement last night was the launch of the company’s mobile wallet, Apple Pay.

Apple Pay works with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus thanks to an in-built near-field communication (NFC) chip – similar to those used in Oyster cards and contactless credit and debit cards in the UK.

iPhone owners in the US will be able to use this chip, together with the iPhone’s Touch ID, to make secure payments by simply touching their iPhone to a terminal in a shop.

Apple Pay will also work with the Apple Watch, which is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. This means that even customers who are not ready to upgrade to Apple’s latest iPhone will be able to take advantage of Apple Pay.

During the company’s launch event, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, stressed that security and privacy is at the core of Apple Pay.

“When you’re using Apple Pay in a store, restaurant or other merchant, cashiers will no longer see your name, credit card number or security code, helping to reduce the potential for fraud,” he said.

“Apple doesn’t collect your purchase history, so we don’t know what you bought, where you bought it or how much you paid for it. And if your iPhone is lost or stolen, you can use Find My iPhone to quickly suspend payments from that device.”

The company added that credit and debit card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple’s servers. Instead, a unique “device account number” is assigned, encrypted and stored in the secure element on the iPhone or Apple Watch.

Each transaction is authorised with a one-time unique number, and instead of using the security code from the back of your card, Apple Pay creates a “dynamic security code” to securely validate each transaction.

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This all sounds very reassuring, and security experts have praised the feature, claiming it as a “huge win for credit card security” – particularly in the United States, where most people still use payment cards with magnetic stripes.

“This is really a great way for Apple to push a much more secure payment authentication process out to the masses,” said Tom Pageler, chief information security officer at DocuSign.

“It appears that users will synchronise Apple Pay with their credit cards through their iTunes account, which is linked to their device. The data provided to the merchant won’t be card data, but some type of dynamic data that can only be used once.

“This will be a much safer transaction for consumers and merchants because the data is created for a one-time transaction-specific use case. The large data breaches we’ve heard about recently at Home Depot andTarget would not be able to occur again because transactions don’t produce reusable data.”

Mark Bower, vice president of product management at Voltage Security, also praised the new system, claiming that Apple has shone a light on the need for the payment world to move on from vulnerable static credit card numbers and magnetic stripes to protected versions of data.

“Through the use of this data-centric security strategy, Apple Pay reduces risk of data breaches and credit card theft where it is supported,” he said.

However, Tobias Schreyer, co-founder and chief commercial officer at the PPRO Group, said that security is still an issue that consumers need to be aware of – especially considering the considerable amount of loss and theft associated with mobile devices, and the increase in targeted attacks.

“This development increases the need for biometrics as a confirmation process, providing customers with an easier, more efficient experience which they’ve come to expect, and which will be a major change within the industry,” said Schreyer.

Graham Hann, partner at international law firm Taylor Wessing, also said that security of payment data will remain a key concern among consumers, and statistics suggesting that iPhones are the most stolen handset might hinder take-up slightly.

Interestingly, by allowing iPhone 5 and 5c owners to use Apple Pay via the Watch, Apple will potentially be allowing users to make payments without any biometric identification, as neither of these devices have Touch ID.

However, it is thought that the value of transactions which are carried out without the fingerprint reader will be limited – just as contactless card payments in the UK are limited to under £15.

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Other security experts have questioned the reliability of the fingerprint scanner. Adam Smith, director at Piccadilly Group, said: “Many consumer grade fingerprint scanners are less than infallible – so we’ll have to see how good Apple’s scanner is in practice.”

Dmitry Bestuzhev, Director of the Kaspersky’s Global Research and Analysis Team Latin America, also pointed out that the Touch ID on the doesn’t always work properly – for example, if your fingers are wet – which is why Apple also allows customers to input a PIN. “This shortcut scheme can abused by cybercriminals while authorising payments,” he said.

Tim Erlin, director of IT risk and security strategy at Tripwire, said that NFC isn’t as well tested from a security perspective as the more common wireless technologies.

“If the Apple Watch takes off in the market, it will quickly become an interesting target for attackers. We may see the rise of the modern day pickpocket. After all, attackers follow the money, so if Apple puts your money ‘on’ a watch , it suddenly becomes a very interesting target.”

However, Mark Prior-Egerton, solutions marketing manager at The Logic Group, said that a lot has been done to allay security concerns about NFC in recent years, since the launch of other mobile wallet solutions such as the Google Wallet and PayPal apps.

“The move towards host card emulation, (a technology that emulates a payment card on a mobile device using only software), for instance, has negated the common fear of ‘what happens if I lose my phone?’ This will help reassure consumers as they move to this new way of payments,” he said.

It is likely that the true security implications of Apple Pay will only become clear once iPhone 6 has launched – until then, the industry can only really guess at the potential pitfalls.

However, Apple has made it clear that the security of its mobile wallet is a top priority, and with buy-in from American Express, MasterCard and Visa, as well as many of the most popular US banks, the industry has a huge vested interest in making it work.

 

Source: Telegraph Technology

Visiobike: The E-Bike That Connects With Your Smartphone

With a smartphone in almost every pocket and e-bicycles constantly getting better, it was only a matter of time when the two would start working together.

Visiobike, an e-bike project from Croatia is an electric bike that goes hand-in-hand with your smartphone. You can use the phone to unlock the bike, track your speed or even see what’s behind you using the built-in rear camera.Visio_Bike

We had a chance to go hands-on with a late Visiobike prototype, and we were impressed with the amount of details and thought put into the project.

The smartphone (both Android and iPhone are supported) has a dedicated cradle on the bike’s handlebar, but it connects to the bike wirelessly, via Bluetooth. You can see a GPS map of your surroundings or statistics about your ride on the phone, with all your data being stored in the cloud.

Another important feature is automatic accident recording and emergency alert if Visiobike detects an impact. And on the security front, the Visiobike has GPS tracking and a motion sensor with SMS notification, so that you know what’s happening with your bike at all times.

We’ve seen e-bike-smartphone integration before — the Gi bike has done something similar, but with its folding design, it’s a very different bicycle.

The Visiobike doesn’t fold and has a much more sporty look: with a carbon fiber body, huge 180mm/160mm hydraulic disc brakes and a SR Suntour fork, it looks like a slightly bulkier mountain bike.

It weighs 46.3 pounds, which one of the project’s founders Marko Matenda calls the ideal weight. “It provides for a great motor and a hefty-enough battery, but it’s light enough that you can carry it up a flight of stairs,” he says.

While we could manage a couple of floors, be warned: 46 pounds is much heavier than a regular mountain bike and carrying the Visiobike any higher than a few stairs might be an issue for some users. 20140604135802-VB_features_manje

For comparison, the aforementioned Gi bike weighs 37.4 pounds, while Rimac Automobili’s Greyp G 12 e-bike — also a Croatian project — weighs 108 pounds, but it makes up for the extra weight with a lot of power, top speed being 40 mph.

Visiobike is available with two different motors, one providing 250W and the other 500W of power, with top speed being either 15.5 mph or 31.1 mph. However, it’s not a bike that drives itself; instead, it’s a pedelec, meaning the motor merely assists you when you need power.

You simply hop on the bike and start pedaling as you would with a standard bike. Start climbing up a hill, and it will feel pretty much the same, as the bike’s motor supplies the extra power. We’ve tried the Visiobike with an automatic transmission, meaning you don’t have to worry about gears — you merely set how much help you want to get from the motor and start riding.

The lithium-ion, 14.5Ah battery lasts for around 62 miles, after which you’ll need to plug the bike into a regular outlet and recharge it for three hours.

With all these options and variants, saying how much the Visiobike costs is not that simple. The basic version with the weaker motor costs $5,318, while the best possible variant (automatic transmission and the rear camera included) will set you back $6,749.

Matenda tells us the company is looking into launching a variant with a cheaper, aluminum frame down the road. “We’ll try to bring the price down, but we’re starting with the premium model. We want the experience with the Visiobike to be amazing.”

Source: Mashable

Apple to unveil iPhone 6 in August, earlier than expected

Apple to launch New iPhone 6 in August in an attempt to win back market share.

 

 

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TAIPEI (Reuters) – Apple Inc will unveil the next incarnation of its popular iPhone series in August, one month earlier than industry watchers were generally expecting, Taiwanese media reported on Friday citing unidentified supply-chain sources.

A 4.7-inch screen version of the iPhone 6 will reach stores in August, the Economic Daily News reported without specifying which markets would receive the phone first.

A 5.5-inch or 5.6-inch model will be released in September, the newspaper said, as the iPhone 5 series was previously.

People involved in the supply chain had earlier confirmed to Reuters that there will be a 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 and a 5.5-inch version.

Together, the Economic Daily News said 80 million iPhone 6 handsets would be produced this year.

Industry watchers have said increasing the iPhone’s screen size from 4 inches would help Apple regain market share from competitors such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, who they say have responded to consumer desire for more screen size.

Representatives for Apple could not be reached for comment.

Representatives for Taiwanese iPhone contract manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd and smartphone camera lens maker Largan Precision Co Ltd, both mentioned in the Economic Daily News report, had no comment.

Source: Reuters/Brendan McDermit

Connected Cars, allready a reality

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In its latest report, IDATE analyses the connected car strategies of manufacturers, mobile carriers and application providers. The study provides the main drivers and barriers for connected car market take-off. It describes the connected car ecosystem, in terms of applications, implementation techniques and also related business models.

A ‘connected car’ is one equipped with access to the Internet (the network of networks) whereby it can communicate with the outside world. This allows the car to share Internet access to other devices both inside and outside around the vehicle. “The strategy of most manufacturers is to make their cars connected.” Says Samuel Ropert, Project Leader of this report. “The main driver here is based on the regulation related to safety issues in Europe and the underlying revenue opportunity for them. In the USA, the recent GM announcement to embed 4G modules in all new cars is seen as a key trigger for market take-off.” Three main technical solutions exist. The embedded module system (in the car itself) is the most technically advantageous system as it has a dedicated system for connected services. The next option consists of the use of the smartphone for connectivity tethering, with the technical limitation (use of the miniature antenna). The last model is a combination of the first two other models (use of embedded system for telematics and smartphone tethering for entertainment (mobile Internet-like services). Ultimately, it is an opportunity for a fundamental shift from a largely capex model to a more opex-oriented one, even potentially shifting the focus of manufacturers’ core businesses to embrace a new focus on car-based products and services.

For telcos, the revenue opportunity could be interesting as the connected car will generate traffic that telco will charge indirectly (through the automobile manufacturer). All main M2M mobile carriers are involved in the connected car space, as the connected car represents one of the major markets in volume. In a context where their traditional mobile revenues are flat and even declining in some regions, providing mobile connectivity in cars is a key business opportunity for telcos. Beyond car-related applications in driver assistance, from the perspective of a telco, the car can be seen as an additional cellular device, with a potential high-consumption service profile with such usage as the mobile Internet, entertainment on demand and mobile hotspot features. The prime business model remains the traditional wholesale relationship (B2B2C), even though AT&T unveiled a retail data plan for Audi A3 in early March and AT&T is expected to announce a new version of its share plan by the summer 2014 which includes the connected car. For Internet players, the strategy here is clear: the automobile is an additional connected device just as smartphones, tablets and laptops and needs to be addressed. However, Apple and Google do not have really the same approach. Indeed, whereas Apple aims to introduce its technology to interface with its products, Google is promoting the embedment of its technology into the car as a regular device. Google also wants to collect data to provide the most accurate advertising as possible, such as a related point-of-interest, based mainly on location. On the market side, according to IDATE, in 2018, 420 million automobiles will be connected; representing a 57% CAGR on the 45 million connected vehicles in 2013. Nevertheless, this growth is not homogeneous for each category of connected cars. The embedded systems will lead the market with 222 million units by 2018.

In 2018, the connectivity revenue for connected cars will exceed 8 billion EUR. This encompasses direct connectivity through embedded systems but also the indirect revenue related to smartphone usage. The major issues to be raised here are on the real willingness of the user to pay for such services. To encourage users to subscribe, telcos and manufacturers are already contemplating different revenue models including share plans. All the same, adoption is likely to remain limited over the next five years.

Source: Digiworld/IDATE Samuel Ropert

Apple launch CarPlay at Geneva Motor Show

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Apple has launched its assault on the in-car technology market by announcing a product called CarPlay, which it hopes will integrate the iPhone, Apple maps and Siri into the car dashboard.

Announced at the Geneva International Motor Show, CarPlay is the next evolution of Apple’s iOS in the Car, which connected iPhones to car stereos via the now obsolete docking connector that featured on iPhones and iPods up until the release of the iPhone 5 with the newer, smaller Lightning Connector.

What is it?

CarPlay is a more advanced way to connect an iPhone to a car’s entertainment and information systems, allowing access to a variety of the smartphone’s functions including music, messaging and navigation.

How does it work?

Like existing cars with iPod or iPhone connections, cars fitted with the new Apple CarPlay will connect to iPhones using the Lightning Connector, pulling data and information directly from the iPhone and charging it in the process.

The iPhone can be controlled via voice, or through the car’s native touchscreen interface mounted in the dashboard or with traditional buttons including those mounted on the steering wheel.

Will it let me do more than play music?

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CarPlay will allow music and music apps like Spotify to be played through a car’s stereo.

CarPlay goes far beyond previous in-car iPhone connections including an “eyes-free” interface through Apple’s voice assistant, Siri, accessed by a touch of the voice control button mounted on the steering wheel.

Like most other in-car connections, CarPlay will allow drivers to access the music and radio content through the car’s stereo, including iTunes Radio, Spotify and other third-party music applications. Tracks can be found manually, or via a spoken request for a track or artist to Siri.

Using Siri, drivers will also be able to access messages and have them read aloud, reply via voice, access their contacts on the iPhone and make calls, as well as a variety of other voice commands including music controls.

What about navigation?

CarPlay also leverages Apple’s mapping service. The system will be able to use Apple Maps to anticipate destinations based on recent trips and information sifted from contacts, emails and text messages in a similar manner to Google’s Now digital assistant.

It can then provided turn-by-turn directions, displayed on the car’s dashboard screen, as well as traffic information and estimated time of arrival. Drivers can use Siri to plot routes and get directions via voice.

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Apple Maps will be displayed on the car’s integrated screen, pulled directly from the iPhone with voice directions via Siri.

Do I need a special car?

CarPlay requires special, bespoke equipment supporting Apple’s iPhone to be fitted into cars, which means that car manufacturers will have to build it in at the factory.

Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo all announced that CarPlay would be fitted to certain new cars this week in Geneva, but many other manufacturers also announced support would be coming for Apple’s new iPhone connectivity system in the near future.

BMW, Ford, General Motors (Vauxhall in the UK), Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota all announced that they are working on integrating Apple’s CarPlay down the road.

When will it be available?

CarPlay will be available in a small select number of vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo starting this year, with more adding compatibility with the system at a later date as car models get updated.

What will it work with?

As CarPlay uses the Lightning Connector, it will require an iPhone 5, iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C to work, meaning that the iPhone 4S or earlier cannot be used with the new in-car system. Compatibility for the CarPlay system will be made available via an iOS 7 software update at a later date.

What are the alternatives?

Apple is by no means the only company working on this kind of smartphone integration into the car.

Google launched its own purpose-built Android-based car system initiative earlier this year called the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), which includes Audi, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia, manufacturer of the Tegra 4 processor that powers several Android tablets and smartphones.

The OAA aims to develop systems that enable developers to easily add car-specific modes to their apps to “bring the best of Android into the automobile in a safe and seamless way”

Microsoft also has a system called Microsoft Sync to connect smartphones to in-car entertainment and the dashboard. It employs limited voice control functionality, but can pull contacts and other data from a smartphone to manage calls and messages. It is currently available in a range of cars, including many of Ford’s current vehicles like the Fiesta and Focus.

What does this mean for car technology?

Car technology, especially entertainment and information systems, are almost always out of date before they hit the road. That is primarily because the technology they are built on has to be rigorously tested and stand the test of time, and therefore does not change quite as rapidly as mobile devices.

As devices like mobile phones and tablets improve in leaps and bounds, they leave in-car technology behind, making it look and feel outdated in a matter of years, if not months. By centring a car’s information systems around a smartphone, like the iPhone, it unlocks the possibility of updating how the system feels and behaves much more rapidly than a standard fixed in-car system.

Apple’s move shows that the company is aggressively going after the car as the next extension of the iPhone, having identified it as yet another way to lock users into Apple’s ecosystem.

The more extensions of the iPhone Apple can add to a user’s life, the harder it will be to move away from Apple’s iPhone and its software and music ecosystem, adding yet more inertia against switching to competing platforms like Google’s Android or Microsoft’s Windows Phone.

Apple has also identified the car as an area of growth into which it can push its Apple Maps app and data service, competing with both Google and Nokia’s Here maps for users, data and potentially advertising revenue.

By announcing that CarPlay will be available in vehicles from a myriad of car manufacturers this year, Apple has dealt the competition from OAA and Microsoft a heavy first-mover advantage blow. Google and Microsoft’s response to Apple’s CarPlay will be interesting.

Source: The Guardian

Smartphones of the future to be produced with bendy curved sreens

 

Corning’s Gorilla Glass customers include Apple and Samsung Electronics.

New smartphone glass screens are set to be developed by American manufacturer Corning this year.

The shatter-resistant screens created with Corning’s 3D Gorilla Glass could be moulded into curved shapes to suit new, and more creative phone designs, claims the firm, which is collaborating with Taiwanese firm G-Tech Optoelectronics to start manufacturing them.

Corning added that the new processing technology would make the thickness of Gorilla Glass uniform even when it is moulded into different shapes.

Curved displays allow smart devices to be developed in more shapes and allow on-screen data to spread out onto the sides of devices, Bloomberg reported.

Corning’s Gorilla Glass customers include Apple and Samsung Electronics.

Global smartphone makers have allegedly been approaching Corning and other suppliers for more flexible parts as well.

The glassmaker depends on display technology to generate a majority of its profits.

Source: CBR On-Line

 

 
 

Apple Granted Patent for Advanced Telematics

Apple has been granted a patent  for their invention relating to new methods and apparatus particularly suited for applications in a vehicle, to provide a wide range of information, and the safe input of data to a computer controlling the vehicle subsystems or “Telematics.”

Preferred embodiments illustrated in this invention utilize new programmable forms of tactile touch screens and displays employing tactile physical selection or adjustment means which utilize direct optical data input. A revolutionary form of dashboard that is stylistically attractive, lower in cost, customizable by the user, programmable in both the tactile and visual sense, and with the potential of enhancing interior safety and vehicle operation is presented.

 

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Apple’s patent FIG. 1 Illustrates conventional automotive practice, and arrangements of screens and input devices (touch or otherwise) which comprise various automotive operative control and information embodiments of the invention. Further illustrated is a preferred embodiment for near term commercialization, located in this example in the centre stack. This embodiment discloses programmable tactile physical selection or adjustment means and is most like the dash operation in vehicles of today, but in addition has programmable visual and tactile aspects of high utility projection and LCD display examples with  different types of optical sensing are illustrated, as are interchangeable tactile elements.

The patent granted patent was originally acquired by Apple from Timothy Prior who is noted as the inventor. The granted patent was originally filed in 2009 and granted today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

 

Prior to Apple announcing “iOS in the Car” in June, Apple’s acquisition of 13 patents from Timothy Pryor, which included five patents for advanced telematics, didn’t make a lot of sense. Now we see why Apple sought to acquire these patents which also covers the control of appliances in the kitchen and home, as well as patents for game consoles and much more.

Source: Patently Apple


 

Jaguar Land Rover Announces New Era of In-Vehicle Smartphone App Connectivity

 
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    Jaguar InControl™ Apps and Land Rover InControl™ Apps to deliver integrated in-vehicle app connectivity for both Android and Apple smartphones
  • Technology developed in partnership with BOSCH SoftTec
  • System will be upgradeable as new apps become available
  • Available in new Jaguar and Land Rover models progressively from 2014

Whitley, UK – Jaguar Land Rover is pleased to announce Jaguar InControl™ Apps and Land Rover InControl™ Apps, new smartphone integration platforms that will launch a new era of in-vehicle app connectivity. InControl™ Apps will be introduced in new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles from 2014.

The company has worked with BOSCH SoftTec to develop a class-leading product that will allow Jaguar and Land Rover customers to interact with compatible applications installed on their smartphone. A defining advantage of the platform is that it is compatible with both Android and Apple devices via the innovative in-vehicle touch screens featured in the latest Jaguar and Land Rover models.

Jaguar Land Rover and BOSCH SoftTec have been working closely with some of the world’s leading application developers to deliver apps that are perfectly tailored for in-vehicle use, but which retain essential features and functions that make them familiar and intuitive for customers to use.

Customers will simply need to download the appropriate Jaguar or Land Rover application from the Apple App Store or Google Play store. This will enable a connection to be made with the vehicle and allow access to apps that are compatible with the Jaguar InControl™ Apps or Land Rover InControl™ Apps platform. Another benefit of the Jaguar Land Rover system is that customers will be able to upgrade with ease whenever new apps become available, or those that they have installed gain new features or functions.

Details of the application support framework that will support the new platform will be announced later.

Nick Gionis, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Engineer Infotainment, said: “We are giving customers the opportunity to enjoy the great benefits of accessing their favourite apps while in their vehicle, whether it’s to plan a better journey, keep up to date with business, enjoy the best entertainment or monitor their social media channels.

“Through our work with BOSCH SoftTec we have ensured that Jaguar InControl™ Apps and Land Rover InControl™ Apps are designed to work with equal functionality with both Android and Apple smartphones, which means no compromise for the customer.

“With the benefit of this comprehensive approach, we are now looking forward to working further with the world’s leading app developers to ensure a fantastic range of products are available when the platform begins its roll-out next year.”

Source: Jaguar Land Rover