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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Upside for Connected Vehicle Infotainment Systems

Shipments of connected vehicle infotainment systems will grow from 9 million in 2013 to more than 62 million in 2018, according to the latest market study by ABI Research.

These systems include connected navigation, multimedia streaming, social media, and in-car Wi-Fi hotspots becoming key features that automobile manufacturers would install in vehicles.

"Open platforms continue their march forward," said Dominique Bonte, VP and practice director at ABI Research.

While the GENIVI consortium (open source common automotive infotainment reference platform) and the Car Connectivity Consortium (MirrorLink screen replication technology) somewhat struggle to find momentum, the car industry is now turning its attention to HTML5 and Google Android.

Both Renault (R-Link) and Volvo (Sensus Connected Touch platform based on Parrot’s Asteroid Smart) are embracing heavily modified versions of the Google Android operating system.

In a similar vein, automotive applications and app stores have become standard components of any connected automotive infotainment platform.

The automotive industry is finally realizing that the ability to download aftermarket services and apps is a powerful way to keep auto systems up-to-date and relevant during the vehicle lifecycle.

On the connectivity side, 4G seems to finally have been accepted as the connectivity technology of the future, following GM’s announcement to adopt AT&T’s 4G technology to power next generation infotainment platforms offering navigation, in-car hotpots, and multimedia services.

According to ABI's assessment, carriers across the globe are keen to play a key role in the connected car and more generally the Internet of Everything revolution.

The ABI Research Connected Car market data provides detailed forecasts of connected automotive infotainment solutions including hardware shipments and service revenue for the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and Africa & the Middle East.