By App on 18 June 2012
In its final outing, ‘App’ gets to the heart of what’s possible, demonstrating how applications can benefit different users.
Courtesy: Riccardo Cuppini
Hi again, it’s me, App. Now, don’t get teary-eyed, but this is going to be our last chat. It’ll be a good one though – I’m going to let you in on the core of my functioning.
We’ve covered exciting new concepts like DLNA, Mirror Link technology and Location Based Services and I imagine that there’s a question doing the rounds of your mind – ‘How can an App manage all these wonders?’
Last weekend my good friend Mr. Brown had his teenage nephew, William visit. Now William, who had recently got his license to drive, was eager to take Mr. Brown’s car for a spin. I helped Mr. Brown keep tabs by monitoring his car functions on his smart phone. He could set speed limits, check the car health, and even keep track of lane departures using the Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS).
William drove around, and Mr. Brown had no reason to stress!
Little Susie has an interesting use for the glove box – it’s where she keeps her chocolates on hot days. I help her with the AC functioning more than anyone else. Not really what I was designed for, but I keep all my friends happy.
A little more seriously, I look out for the family’s safety. Once during a vacation, they encountered a heavy snow-fall, I deployed the LDWS many times, because the terrain was slippery and not conducive for the tires. Gradually the snowfall ceased and things got better for Mr. Brown, who was driving at the time. On that day I was prepared to send alerts to the nearest fire station, a few nearby hospitals for an ambulance, and contact an emergency breakdown service provider for a mechanic – just in case there was a real emergency. No vacationing for me!
So let me explain. I’m categorized into sections of your usage. I’m an Operating System dedicated to ensure the smooth functioning of all your needs. Upfront, my users won’t know when I switch between the technologies I’m used for, and whether I rely on combined technologies or standalone ones.
Since I function as the Operating System of the Infotainment world, I’m pretty much the master of this arena. (Sorry about the bragging, but it’s justified, right?)
If we look at the Diagnostic aspect of a vehicle, it includes everything. Think of it as a human body. A simple cough can exist even after being treated with various medicines – the correct medicine is found only after a perfect diagnosis. When I boot up, not only do I check for self-integrity but also the integrity of the vehicle. Tire pressure, battery health, fuel efficiency, maintenance costs, and daily carbon emissions are just a few of things I look out for.
A wheel-misalignment could really affect the integrity of the system. A little bulb which stays lit all the time in the boot due to a short circuit could drain the entire battery overnight.
My life as an infotainment App revolves around the real life of my users. I do what they want, from keeping chocolates cool to keeping everyone safe.
The entire driving experience for every individual inside a vehicle is tagged to the services I offer. Infotainment Apps like me not only re-define a user’s drive-time experience, but make everything safer and easier.
Keep a lookout for me and I’m sure we’ll meet again soon!
**This blog series is written by Johnson John along with technical inputs by Manish Narang from KPIT Cummins.**
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