With its 'Connected Center Stack', automotive supplier Johnson Controls helps consumers to connect consumer electronics products and off board applications to their vehicle. According to the vendor, the Connected Center Stack provides Human Machine Interaction (HMI) focused on the consumer, along with connectivity to mobile devices and off board devices. This gives consumers easy access to social, entertainment and location-based features.
Features of the Johnson Controls Connected Center Stack product include natural language speech recognition and hands-free phone usage including voice dialing, phone book downloads, phone book image transfer and text/e-mail messaging using text to speech. Furthermore, music playback using USB connectivity or Bluetooth streaming audio for MP3 players, flash devices or mobile phones is implemented, as well as the ability to access popular phone applications such as Pandora Internet Music.
The phone HMI replication using Nokia Terminal Mode enables what is seen on the consumer's mobile phone shown on the in-vehicle display. The connectivity to Johnson Controls-developed phone applications allows consumers to access vehicle information, update vehicle software and find the vehicle when lost. Additionally, an upgradable architecture for software updates and new software applications is part of the Connected Center Stack just like a Global Positioning System (GPS) and location-based services.
Johnson Controls' connectivity strategy is based widely on partnership with software and hardware vendors active in the same industry segment. For example, QNX technology and real-time operating systems help Johnson Controls to provide customers with infotainment, connectivity and telematics solutions, which range from entry-level Bluetooth Hands-free systems to infotainment systems including connectivity, multimedia and HMI. The company also has been working with VoiceBox to develop systems that allow drivers to search, navigate and retrieve information safely while on the move.
VoiceBox's natural language speech technology allows consumers to use voice commands that are understood within a conversational context. The company also works with Pandora to enable its service in the vehicle, with accompanying voice controls and visual user interfaces. Pandora is the leader in Internet radio and has more than 75 million registered listeners.
The Connected Center Stack product will be available for integration into 2014 model-year vehicles. Johnson Controls currently provides connectivity products, testing and customer service on a global basis for a number of major automakers.
This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.