Nvidia's Tegra chip powers new Honda connected car infotainment system

Honda has debuted an Android-based vehicle infotainment system powered by Nvidia's Tegra chip.

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Nvidia's Tegra mobile processor has been tapped to power Honda's new in-car audio and infotainment systems in a new range of vehicles.

Announced on Wednesday, the chip maker says the 2015 Honda Civic, Civic Tourer and CR-V -- due for launch in Europe next year -- will come with the Tegra automotive-grade processor.

The vehicles will run the Honda Connect infotainment system, based on Android 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich, which is displayed on a 7-inch screen. The Tegra processor drives the infotainment system which includes entertainment and traffic-related applications, sat-nav, mapping technology, radio, vehicle information and a rearview camera.

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Honda is the 19th automaker to use Nvidia technology within infotainment systems, showing that the Santa Clara, California-based company is steaming ahead in the race to connect up our cars.

Rob Csongor, vice president and general manager for Automotive at NVIDIA commented:

"Honda is bringing NVIDIA's advanced mobile technology to an important new segment of vehicles. Inside these Honda models, the NVIDIA Tegra solution leverages Android to deliver an open, flexible infotainment platform. One that bridges the world of smartphone apps and the requirements of the automotive industry but, most importantly, does so in a way that makes driving safer."

The chip maker says that while over six million cars are equipped with Nvidia processors to date, it is expected that another 25 million will be integrated into vehicles over the next five years.


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