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Nokia's Here, investments in the interactive dashboard
Nokia isn't necessarily the first brand that comes to mind when you consider connected cars. However, the electronics giant has created a unit focusing on mapping technology called HERE as a rival to Google and Apple's own mapping systems. Here is available on mobile devices, but the system can also be used to help drivers navigate unfamiliar roads -- and could potentially become integrated within interactive dashboards.
In addition, Nokia announced an investment fund of $100 million for companies developing technology for the connected car this month. The investment fund, run by Nokia Growth Partners, will work in partnership with Here.
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Microsoft's Windows in the Car
Microsoft's Windows in the Car is a concept system unveiled by the Redmond giant this year.
Revealed at the Microsoft developer conference this year, Windows in the Car -- while similar to Apple's CarPlay -- is based on a brought-in device approach which allows drivers to connect their smartphone to a vehicle and view a projection of the device on the vehicles' display.
The software understandably looks similar to Windows Phone thanks to a tiled display which shows road speed limits, maps, phone services and music. Windows in the Car will also be opened for developers, which could improve the amount of apps available in the Windows app ecosystem, sadly lacking in comparison to Android and iOS.
The MirrorLink standard is used by the concept connected car system.
While later to the party than Apple, we have to keep in mind that many in-car systems already run on the Windows operating system, and Microsoft lays claim to years of experience in the field.
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General Motors is the creator of the MyLink infotainment system and OnStar connectivity platform, and has made LTE connectivity a must-have in new Chevy models. 4G connected cars are due for launch this year, and GM is overhauling its approach to connected cars entirely -- by revamping both systems and refusing to rely on the driver's smartphone to access such systems.
Instead, GM has invited developers to design applications for the interactive dashboard within an HTML5 framework, and will allow them to connect to an LTE network through embedded radios. Apps available on the dashboard platform include music streaming services, location-based apps and general information apps such as Glympse and Weather.com. New applications submitted by developers go through a screening process to make sure they are deemed safe and not a way for drivers to become too distracted.
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