Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wind River and Clarion ally on next gen Android-based in-vehicle infotainment systems

BANGALORE, INDIA: Wind River announced that Clarion, a leading manufacturer of high-performance in-car entertainment systems, is collaborating with Wind River to develop Android-based in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems.

Wind River is creating a custom Android software platform for an automotive environment and providing software integration services to ensure Clarion delivers a reliable and high quality device.

Leveraging Android’s flexibility for innovation, Clarion Malaysia’s new IVI device is designed to deliver a compelling user experience, especially in areas of multimedia, entertainment and connectivity. The Clarion Malaysia IVI device is based on the Freescale i.MX applications processor family. Clarion designs and manufactures leading automotive audio and video products and related accessories for the aftermarket and original equipment manufacturers.

“With two decades of automotive experience, as well as extensive Android project knowledge, Wind River provides an ideal mix of expertise to address the latest IVI trends,” said Georg Doll, GM of automotive solutions at Wind River. “Wind River delivers commercial-quality Android software and takes care of the complex matters of custom software development, integration and testing to allow customers to concentrate on developing innovative features that will distinguish their devices.”

“Clarion continues to be at the forefront of the newest automotive technologies. With Wind River’s expert help, we are taking breakthrough Android technologies that have resonated with consumers and leveraging it for the automotive market,” said T.K. Tan, MD of Clarion Malaysia. “Ensuring that new technologies work for the automotive industry is a complicated task. In order to get to market quickly and deliver the highest quality device, it was critical to collaborate with an expert like Wind River who possesses deep automotive and Android experience.”

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