Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications are often touted as a mark of the future, as they allow relatively simple devices to communicate with one another to perform far more complicated tasks than any one device could have done alone. Airbiquity is one pioneer in the field of connecting automobiles through applied M2M technologies, and the company announced on Thursday the deployment of two new state-of-the-art content providers. These content providers allow drivers to access information on the vehicle's dashboard regarding everything from the location of nearby gas stations to news and sports information.
The content providers come in the form of the NAVX fuel finder application, as well as from Eurosport.com, and both are delivered through Airbiquity's Choreo connected car services platform. Through the platform, drivers are able to easily customize and manage the content that appears on their dashboards in over 50 countries and 30 languages. The Choreo platform also supports Airbiquity's Driver Experience Solution, which enables turnkey infotainment delivery through smartphone apps, cloud content and desired automotive services.
The NAVX fuel finder application does more than tell drivers where the nearest gas station is. Drivers can easily sort gas stations by distance, price and brand, and a one-touch navigation feature allows them to receive directions while still focusing on the road. If desired, the driver can even call the gas station with any questions they may have.
Eurosport integration also provides updates on a variety of popular sports. Content from the program is displayed directly on the vehicle's dashboard, and includes real-time displays of current scores as well as text-to-speech readouts of headlines and other news stories.
Ultimately, these tools are designed to quench drivers' thirst for information on the road, while still keeping their attention on driving. The presence of smartphones in vehicles makes it all too tempting to check email or read news stories while on the road, but the Airbiquity solution and other connected car solutions help make these distractions unnecessary.
Edited by Adam Brandt