The automobile industry has begun to realize that a standard but flexible operating system is going to be necessary for the transition to the next generation of smart cars.
Fort Lee, NJ (PRWEB) February 24, 2013
In the newest blog from Marble Media LLC’s TechConsumer.com titled “Smart Phone Makes Smart Car With Sprint Velocity,” guest blogger Liz Ernst reviews some of the new smart features consumers can expect to find in the next generation of smart cars. Chrysler leads the pack in smart car technology, having already launched its UConnect Access system in the latest versions of its RAM 1500 and SRT Viper supercar, using Sprint Velocity technology at its core, Ernst says.
“Sprint Velocity is one system already competing for business with the big car manufacturers, and with good reason,” Ernst says. “New smart phone apps are growing in leaps and bounds, and so are “smart” car features.
“The automobile industry has begun to realize that a standard but flexible operating system is going to be necessary for the transition to the next generation of smart cars.”
Launched at last month's LA Auto Show, Sprint Velocity is a complete end-to-end solution for car manufacturers that combines telematics with billing and data analytics, delivering an open source platform that can be adapted, modified, and re-branded by car companies to make it their own. The Sprint Velocity platform delivers an infotainment system that is expected to surface in a variety of new car manufacturers’ smart technology. The system relies almost entirely on smartphone apps for its infotainment and communication qualities because it attempts to mimic the device instead of replacing it.
“By linking a smartphone through Bluetooth, Sprint Velocity can deliver features like spoken news updates and turn-by-turn navigation,” Ernst says. “Among its more exceptional features are texts-to-voice and voice-to-text messaging capabilities, offered as a safety feature, although more than likely, consumers will see it as a convenience.”
Sprint Velocity enables in-car payment for services, and according to Sprint, the intention is to do business in the car. The feature will enable users to make some useful purchases, including Wi-Fi on demand.
“For instance, if you’re driving with three kids in the back seat who are all trying to use tablets, you can buy one day of WiFi service straight from the console, and all three tablets will be connected instantly,” Ernst says.
Chrysler has adopted the entire Sprint Velocity package and rebranded it Uconnect; other auto manufacturers will be able to do the same, mixing and matching various Sprint Velocity modules to create almost any kind of platform and branding it their own. Sprint Velocity is designed to be easy-to-use, and of course it’s targeted for the younger generation.
Ninety percent of all new cars are expected to have some type of connected platform by 2020.
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