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More on CES: Your automator is safely automated

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by , 01-11-2013 at 06:40 PM (13768 Views)
Another slice of the massive tech showcase known as CES was spent focusing on the trends that should have an immediate impact in the evolution of automotive automation. Many aftermarket manufacturers have inched past the practice of trying to safely deliver content to the car in lieu of using hardware systems to process content to create a more engagement and safe automotive environment. I spent the majority of Day 2 scouring the North Hall booths for demos of the gear that will bring some of the high end OEM systems to the aftermarket. The top buzzword from both OEM and aftermarket companies when referencing these systems is the "Connected Car" concept, a term that most people in the mp3Car community have run into in previous years.

Among the coolest gear in this Connected Car category is Delphi's new OBD-II based Bluetooth 2G adapter. Developed in partnership with Verizon, this device not only has the ability to monitor car systems and control routine functions like car start/stop, but it also can harness available data received and provide users with recommendations on how to automate driving tasks. For example, the device can take user driving habit along with the power of the Verizon mobile network to suggest new routes based on time, distance, or even environmental impact. Of course, another key feature of the Delphi adapter is the ability to control car functions like locks, engine start, and geofences from anywhere. Accompanying apps for the web, Android, and IOS are already available. Unfortunately, the current iteration of the device is limited to 2G communications, making unable to be used as a infotainment hotspot.

Globalstat's TR600 tracking system is another automation powerhouse. In short, the TR600 is a GPS, GSM, and CANBUS capable I/O device. The TR600 has a total of 9 I/O points (3 Input/ 6 Outputs), and with add on sensors can monitor most any vehicle event and automate tasks based on them. GSM capability means users can also remotely monitor and control I/Os. The TR600 can be used fully autonomously or as a standalone device to control relays via an included serial interface.

The Mobileye Series 5 is a product aimed specifically at adding collision avoidance systems for any vehicle. The Series 5 is essentially a advanced camera which can identify objects and their respective distances from the vehicle in real-time. The camera can then relay information to either your Android or Apple smartphone, or to the included display module. Multiple data points are available and instantly updated including lane departure warnings, following time indicators, and road sign recognition and indication. On top of these monitoring capabilities, the Series 5 can also automate tasks such as headlight and high-beam control for an active safe driving experience. This is a fascinating system which can be easily tucked away behind the windshield of any vehicle.

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WinCE is still used in 90% of Chinese head units as well. It is hard to believe that it has been around this long. Luckily things are slowly moving to Android.

Did you get a chance to see the Tesla set up at the show? It had a 17" friggin touchscreen in the center console. I got to play around with it a bit, and got a nice demo from one of their guys. I have a rough video I took while he was talking if anyone is interested in seeing it.

Here is a screen capture from the Video:

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There is something very interesting on display at CES to check out.

Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall, Booth #730

It's a Delphi MiFi to OBDII Bluetooth 4G adapter to do everything on smartphone or tablet for that matter. Check this out for us please!

They also have a color heads up display that is on a transparent screen, and some kind of full blown navcom tablet.
WinCE - it's all about the Benjamins. I did a project for Ford last month that was based on WinCE 6.0. With lower licensing costs, "just enough" performance, and a well establish development ecosystem, WinCE remains a viable platform for a lot of industries. And I complain about how old WinXP is!