During the course of any given week I will speak with a number of developers who are interested in creating innovative software apps for the burgeoning automotive market. Mostly, they share that they are looking for a robust development platform.
Ideally, the platform they are looking for would offer: a starter kit with a bunch of the features already assembled that are basic to today’s automotive infotainment systems and that can really make an app sing; a high-performance HTML 5 framework that communicates directly with a car’s hardware; and a policy manager that reads the state of a vehicle and dispenses or suppresses services based on whether the vehicle is parked or in motion. Most importantly, this platform would be widely available and popular.
Here’s what I share with them: Tizen IVI, an open platform designed specifically for the automotive market, is ready to go for your innovation. It borrows the best characteristics of mobile consumer devices. It is 100% open source.
Why open source? Because open source lowers the cost of integration, and speed time to market of new services. In other words, developers can focus on creating and innovating because there is a lot already under the hood of Tizen IVI.
HTML5 is a huge breakthrough and a key feature of Tizen IVI. So is Murphy, the policy manager that, among other things, prevents TV-like components from engaging when a vehicle is being driven.
Tizen IVI 3.0 is due out in early 2014, with features such as new graphical compositing solutions. These components allow Tizen IVI to offer much lighter and higher performance graphics than have traditionally been available in the Linux world. This is the new way of doing graphics and puts Tizen IVI at the cutting edge.
But what’s really changing the IVI market is the consumer—and expectations of what technology can and should be.
Take the use of telematics data – information that flows in and outside of a car. Inside the car data might include basics like ascertaining tire pressure or fuel consumption. Or maybe the driver uses an online connective service such as Waze? Waze (now owned by Google) crowd-sources connectivity from vehicle to vehicle to create a database that gives drivers a heads up on information such as traffic conditions or road hazards.Car makers are starting to stand up and take notice—and embrace these sorts of innovations. So when it comes down to who’s having an impact, it’s really the developers that rule the road.