Intel and Toyota Research Next-Generation In-Vehicle Infotainment Systems

Intel and Toyota today announced a joint effort to define next-generation in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems that will enable new usage models for mobile device connectivity in the car.

Intel and Toyota are working together to adapt features that drivers and passengers use in the latest consumer electronic devices to an automotive environment.

"Intel has been conducting research related to the connected car for years, and with the support of Toyota will extend that research to advanced services that will benefit the driver and passengers in many ways," said Staci Palmer, general manager of Intel's Automotive Solutions Division. "Through this joint effort, we hope to improve the driving experience by enabling a seamless connection between mobile devices and the vehicle so when brought together they naturally adapt and work in harmony."

As technology converges with the car, silicon solutions serving the infotainment and telematics market are expected to rise from $5.6 billion in 2010 to $8.7 billion in 2018. Intel and Toyota aim to integrate advanced technologies in the vehicle in a more intuitive manner that reduces driver distraction. To accomplish this, the companies will focus research on developing a user interaction methodology including touch, gestur and voice technologies, as well as information management for the driver. Intel will also work to optimize these features and services using the performance of the Intel Atom processor family.

"Toyota aims to lead the future mobile world through integration of vehicle, home, and information communication technologies as announced in the Toyota Global Vision earlier this year," said Kenichi Murata, project general manager, Electronics Development Div. 1 of Toyota. "Toyota, along with Intel, will use information technologies to drive innovations into the vehicle to make the vision a reality."

The companies will also explore emerging connectivity technologies and effective ways to integrate vehicles with the home to provide a seamless connection across all areas of people's lives.

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