In-vehicle infotainment is a collection of hardware and software in automobiles that provides audio or video entertainment. It originated with car audio systems and CD players. Today, they’ve evolved in automotive navigation systems, video players and network connectivity.
The variety of functionalities offered in an in-vehicle infotainment system isn’t limited to the things we’ve listed above. It now has way broader horizons. The ever increasing demand from consumers for new feature integration and technology advancements are anticipated to result in convergence of technologies.
New emerging trends in the automotive sector, like in-car Wi-Fi, car sharing, corporate fleet management and higher demand for personalization inside passenger cars are the driving force for the rapid usage of NFC based communication infotainment systems.
The in-car infotainment market is actually larger than you might think. Globally, it’s projected to be worth $35,2 billion by next year. The market is growing because of developments in higher definition, voice recognition, and other emerging technologies.
With the growth in this technology, some challenges such as vehicle hacking started to take place. In fact, 58% of consumers think that a permanent solution to this particular problem will never be found. So how are developers going to improve the technology in recent years to lower these concerns to a minimum?
If you’re excited to find out what they’re working on, below we’re going to list some of the latest trends in In-vehicle infotainment for 2019-2020:
Advanced Driver Assistance
Automakers are working towards enhancing driver safety technology to work with human drivers and minimize errors until full autonomy is achieved, of course. The advancements in sensor technology and machine vision software developments provide advanced driver assistance systems that actually enable semi-autonomous driving.
In 2019 these technologies will be prioritized over full autonomy, which still remains years of implementation.
IoT and AI
We know you’re probably tired of hearing of IoT and AI already, but these innovative technologies are an emerging trend in the overall automotive industry. In fact, they are set to revolutionize it.
Your vehicle is turning into a bigger version of your smartphone. IoT and AI are starting an unprecedented transformation process across the vehicle and device connectivity, as well as autonomous driving and shared mobility.
Modern vehicles provide you with an in-vehicle personal assistant, like Siri or Alexa. You’re now able to connect with other vehicles and the manufacturer to receive software or feature updates. This along with the new infotainment apps will not only make your driving experience safer but more efficient.
Cars Are Getting Personalized
Modern vehicles, again just like smartphones, are able to learn about their owner. They need an abundance of data in order to interact with a complicated environment. One of the most intriguing trends in 2019 is Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X).
These V2X cars are able to receive data from other vehicles, infrastructure, and pedestrians. Collecting as much data as possible and sending it to the cloud makes the elements of the connected infrastructure.
Your car will know where you go to work or in your free time and can take you wherever you need without even mentioning an actual address. With the help of machine learning, it’ll be able to learn about you and your preferences, so you have better driving experience.
Giving the same example with the iPhone, when a new version of the iOS is available, the users with older devices know there’s a chance that some features won’t be compatible with the model they own, which causes system errors. That’s because while designing the new products, older ones are often forgotten about or just unable to be supported.
Vehicles today are software-driven as well. Over-the-air updates are now implemented for non-safety software features. As vehicles become more connected this OTA update feature becomes a norm. OEMs should control changes quickly and efficiently, so they don’t interface vehicles functionality, because unlike with your iPhone, here this could put your life at risk.
The model year is no longer critical, but what revision level you are driving will become more and more difficult.
A More Convenient Future
A giant American purveyor of home convenience items decided to broaden its horizons by creating a Car-to-Home Automation. That’s an automotive app that can personalize your house from the seat of your car.
You just need to push one “home” icon on your dashboard’s touch screen and your home lights up, the air conditioning turns on and the door, if it’s WiFi-enabled, unlocks. It might even open the garage door for you as well if it’s hooked up to the IoT.
Jaguar is the first automotive manufacturer to implement this convenient feature. Connecting all of our devices and ‘“things” to the IoT will make more of these features possible in the near future, making not only our driving experience but our way of life a lot more simplified and convenient.
With the development of in-vehicle infotainment systems, we’ll start using our cars the way we use our smartphones. The reality is that the future of automotive technologies is actually better than humans. As the world becomes more and more connected and technologically advanced, providing innovations to the automotive space is crucial.
The in-vehicle infotainment system is one of these technologies that drastically change the way we use our cars. The possibilities it provides are getting more each year. In this article, we’ve listed some of the latest in-vehicle infotainment trends of 2019, as well as some to expect in 2020. There’s no doubt that there are a lot more to come as technology and automotive software development improve with the speed of light.