Intel and Toyota have announced a partnership to develop cutting edge in-vehicle infotainment systems (IVI) for the automaker’s future cars.
Using the Atom processor, the goal is to create systems that reduce driver distraction using touch, voice commands, and gesture technologies. They also want to work on ways to integrate vehicles with home networks. Currently Toyota has the Entune system, which uses the data connection from smartphones to power a variety of integrated apps such as Pandora. Toyota says the new systems being developed by Intel will retain some of that functionality. Currently BMW and Mercedes-Benz use Atom based infotainment systems, so Toyota owners will be in good company.
“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. 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,” said Staci Palmer, general manager of Intel’s automotive solutions division.
The connected car is rapidly growing in popularity behind smartphones and tablets. The question remains however, its being so plugged in while driving a good thing or even necessary at all? When a person is driving they should be concentrating on the road and nothing else. No matter how hands-free they make tasks such as texting or making phone calls, they will always be a distraction. Even GPS can be distracting. Is there really a need to check your email or send a tweet while you’re behind the wheel? I’d like to know what you the readers think. Would you buy a connected car, or do you have one already? If so do you find it more of a distraction than a help? If you’ve been a passenger in a connected car, did you feel It distracted the driver? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!