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Automotive Quarterly Newsletter

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Automotive infotainment systems: Changing bases of competition?

Will the growing importance of on-board navigation and entertainment (infotainment) systems change the basis of automotive competition? For those of us who lived through days when Japanese manufacturers ran rings around the US carmakers in consumer ratings of fit and finish, it is sometimes hard to accept that a company such as Ford Motor, which has had cars in the top-10 quality ratings, can be demoted so quickly due to poor ratings for its Sync® infotainment system. Yet the trend is clear: consumers are connected in all aspects of their daily lives. Why should the time spent in a car be any different? More...

Automotive infotainment systems  

Mark BoyadjisThe intertwined innovation of Silicon Valley and automotive
Mark Boyadjis, Senior Analyst, Automotive Technology, Automotive

Ford did it with telematics. Audi did it with graphics and navigation. GM did it with smartphone applications. These, and many other automakers, are reinventing the automotive supply chain by breaking the stronghold...More

Stacey OhIn-vehicle navigation and premium branded audio markets grow
Stacey Oh, Manager, Automotive Technology, Automotive

The infotainment systems market, which includes navigation and premium audio systems, is growing exponentially. No longer reserved for luxury cars, these systems are making inroads irrespective of vehicle segment...More

Anna BuettnerTelematics market status
Anna Buettner, Manager, Automotive Technology, Automotive

Telematics has reached critical mass in many regions around the globe. All major OEMs have committed to the introduction of telematics in some shape or form. While safety and security features used to be the most prevalent...More

Egil JuliussenSoftware platforms: A crucial infotainment battleground
Egil Juliussen, PhD., Director & Analyst, Automotive Technology, Automotive

A rapidly growing area of competition between OEMs is the software used in a car’s infotainment system. The efficient and effective development of software applications and their interface with the driver...More

Mark BoyadjisAutomotive HMI Usability Comparison – Key Luxury Platforms (Video)
Mark Boyadjis, Senior Analyst, Automotive Technology, Automotive

Mark Boyadjis takes a look at six luxury car platforms and compares the infotainment systems.

  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450
  • 2013 Audi RS5
  • 2013 BMW 750Li xDrive
  • 2014 Buick LaCrosse
  • 2013 Cadillac ATS
  • 2013 Lincoln MKZ

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