CSR showcases VNC Automotive technology at CES

January 11, 2012 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
At the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas, CSR plc demos its first wireless implementation of RealVNC's technology on the SiRFprimaII, its latest location aware multimedia platform. The location-aware multimedia SoC is aimed at the entry level automotive navigation market.

The device now includes VNC technology that enables automatic detection, access and control of virtually any mobile device from a vehicle's touch-screen or fixed input devices such as steering wheel switches and head unit buttons and menus. CSR also introduces an additional innovation in the demo at CES, using Wi-Fi to connect the mobile phone and vehicle; a first for the automotive market.

The solution also enables connections to be established via USB, Bluetooth and 2G/3G/4G/LTE. In practice Wi-Fi connectivity allows a mobile device to be detected and a connection established as the driver approaches the vehicle, displaying mobile content in-vehicle before the driver even fastens their seatbelt.

CSR integrated VNC Automotive onto the location aware multimedia SoC device, the SiRFprimaII, and exploit its features. The SiRFprimaII enables crisp replication of the mobile screen on the head unit with no lag or loss of quality, the vendor promises. The use of Wi-Fi to transmit the mobile content to the in-vehicle system adds another transport option, offering additional flexibility for customers' designs.

“Adding RealVNC support to the Prima-II platform really enhances our platform product offering for aftermarket and OEM customers building entry level navigation systems. Smartphone adoption is ever rising and consumers expect to use their smartphones even in the vehicle, taking advantage of the music, navigation, hands free calling and other built-in smartphone features as well as 3rd party apps like internet radio and traffic while driving,” said Thomas Carmody, Head of Connectivity Marketing with the Automotive Business Group at CSR. “Deploying RealVNC’s, VNC Automotive enables CSR, with our Prima-II platform, to leverage these smartphone features and apps in the vehicle in a safe and convenient manner. Safe use of these technologies while driving is essential; with VNC Automotive the smartphone functions available while driving can be tailored by the system designers to ensure drivers keep their eyes and focus on the road.”

VNC Automotive is available as an SDK