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Parrot Automotive Unveils Latest SDR Chip For Next Genneration Connectivity

Parrot unveils its latest SDR chip “O3+”: worldwide radio reception combined with Parrot connectivity solutions

 

Parrot unveils its latest SDR chip “O3+”: worldwide radio reception combined with Parrot connectivity solutions

Parrot unveils its latest SDR chip “O3+”: worldwide radio reception combined with Parrot connectivity solutions

 

Parrot Automotive, a leading player in the field of Connected Automotive Infotainment and the best-in-class provider of radio solutions in mobility, is proud to introduce the Octopus 3+.

Building upon the market-proven Octopus 3, Parrot “O3+” takes digital and analog radio reception to the next level. The current generation is already deployed through major European, Japanese and Chinese OEMs and enables global radio reception: AM, FM, DAB, DAB+, DRM, DRM+, DVB-T2 Lite and HD Radio* standards. Aside from this worldwide tuner, the Octopus 3+ embeds an ARM Cortex-A5 processor with a fully-featured Linux system running Parrot well-known connectivity middleware for Bluetooth, telephony, voice recognition, media, etc. The chip also features an Ethernet, CAN and USB interface.

The O3+ is running the state of the art processing algorithms that made the success of the Octopus Chip Series: fast and accurate channel estimation, multipath rejection, Doppler Effect compensation and MRC diversity. Thanks to its background scanning and diversity capacities, the Octopus 3+ is also an all-in-one high-end radio solution. As a result, it enables best-in-class reception of radio in motion, even at very high speeds. The Octopus 3+addresses all major radio standards deployed throughout the world, thus providing car makers with a single solution for global deployment, lowering R&D, testing and qualification costs. The Octopus 3+ plays its part in building an increasingly connected in-vehicle environment at an affordable cost.

In addition, this universal component delivers the processing power required by any variation of smart antenna or media box application. The Octopus 3+ is offered to all major Tier-1 auto suppliers as a reference design.

“We are proud to bring this cutting edge tuner-processor to the automotive market: the Octopus 3+ enables worldwide tuner capabilities and media features,” says Éric Riyahi, Executive Vice-President at Parrot Automotive.

Source: Parrot Automotive

Incease on mobile phone use whilst driving

Latest survey shows that mobile phone use whilst driving has increased.

The Government’s latest mobile phone use survey (published on 25 February) gives cause for concern as it shows that mobile phone use whilst driving in England has increased.

The report showed that the proportion of car drivers seen using a hand-held mobile phone has gone up. Overall, 1.6% of all drivers in England and Scotland were observed to be using a hand held mobile phone and that could be as many as half a million drivers every day!

Most were observed using the phone in their hand (1.1%) rather than holding it to their ear (0.5%) suggesting that most mobile phone use while driving is sending/receiving texts or using social media.

Male drivers (1.7%) are more likely to use a mobile phone than female drivers (1.3%) and van drivers (2.7%) are more likely to be observed using a mobile phone than car drivers (1.4%) or goods vehicle/lorry drivers (1.2%).

The only way to counter White Van Man’s addiction to mobiles is to have more cops in cars and for employers to take their duty of care more seriously. If not they could face corporate manslaughter charges.

It’s worrying that the percentage of car drivers using a hand-held mobile phone has not gone down since 2009. This shows that there is a hard-core of drivers who still believe there is nothing wrong with their behaviour and continue to put their own lives, and the lives of others, at risk by using their phone behind the wheel.

We know how common this behaviour is from our AA-Populus motoring panel.  Virtually all of our members say they see other drivers using a hand-held mobile phone on most journeys, and the majority (81%) think that speaking on a hand-held mobile phone should be categorised as a dangerous driving offence in the event of a fatal collision.

Education and enforcement are the tools needed to try and keep our roads safe for everyone who uses them.

Edmund King  (26 February 2015)

Co-Star supply  hands-free car kits  and mounting solutions  for all types of vehicles to ensure that you communicate safely and legally whilst your on the move.

To view the Parrot CK3100 Bluetooth Hands Free Kit, click here.

For all hands free car kits and accessories click here.

 

Parrot and Cinemo to jointly develop connected car solutions

Cinemo, developers of embedded multimedia technologies for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), and Parrot, a supplier of automotive connectivity and infotainment solutions, have entered into an agreement where Parrot will be utilizing Cinemo’s Unified Media Player in selected IVI systems including Head Units and Rear Seat Entertainment Units.

The result of this collaboration will first be embedded in an automotive Rear Seat Entertainment solution based on the Android framework. It will offer passengers up to Full HD video from DVD, HDMI, MHL, USB, Wi-Fi connected media sources and Smart phones. These videos can be accessed and shared with any embedded display or tablet inside the vehicle with perfect, echo-free, lip synchronization on multiple devices over the car network.

The Parrot system will also enable users to play games, browse the Internet, access a wide range of Apps by connecting to the Parrot Asteroid Market, view documents, and much more. Passengers will be able to control the units with their portable devices for media browsing, advanced gaming or navigation.

Cinemo’s Unified Media Player consisting of Cinemo Media Engine, Cinemo Media Management Engine, Distributed Playback and Distributed Media Management will all be part of Parrot’s multimedia offering, enabling “content anywhere anytime” and guaranteeing the highest level of performance, quality and robustness.

Designed to allow near instantaneous access to all media content available in the car, Parrot’s integration of Cinemo Media Management Engine features multi-pass content indexing, ultra-fast searches, support of complex queries, smart synchronization, Unicode collation, alphabetical index generation, priority queues, video thumbnail creation, dynamic on-demand searches, a seamless approach between local and connected database access, and further significantly intelligent algorithms and extensive optimizations which truly revolutionize the way and speed IVI digital media can be controlled.

Source: Cinemo/Telematics News