Garmin presents new scal­able in­fo­tain­ment plat­form

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Garmin In­ter­na­tional Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., in­cor­po­rated in Switzer­land, with prin­ci­pal sub­sidiaries in the US, Tai­wan and the UK, has in­tro­duced its scal­able in­fo­tain­ment plat­form for au­to­mo­tive orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers (OEMs). The plat­form uses the In­tel Atom quad core x7 or In­tel Atom dual core x5 (Apollo Lake) pro­ces­sor and in­cludes mul­ti­ple premium in­dus­try-firsts for con­sumers like wire­less rear-seat nav­i­ga­tion, com­pre­hen­sive weather fore­casts along a route, Foursquare’s Lo­ca­tion In­tel­li­gence and Places Data­base, and unique in­te­gra­tion of Ama­zon’s cloud-based Alexa voice ser­vice. “Garmin’s scal­able in­fo­tain­ment plat­form, show­cased at the 2018 Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show (CES), of­fers a level of per­for­mance and de­sign that con­sumers ex­pect from con­sumer elec­tron­ics but have never seen in OEM in­fo­tain­ment,” Kip Dondlinger, Garmin Au­to­mo­tive OEM Man­ager of prod­uct and user ex­pe­ri­ence, said.

“The new plat­form pro­vides adapt­able hard­ware and soft­ware for in­fo­tain­ment head units that suit spe­cific OEM needs at the mid- and high-end lev­els of the mar­ket,” he said.

Driv­ing in bad weather can be a com­mon con­cern for con­sumers. To help bring peace of mind, Garmin utilizes pre­dic­tive rout­ing al­go­rithms that work with Ac­cuWeather G pow­ered by Min­uteCast tech­nol­ogy to dis­play the weather con­di­tions that can be ex­pected along any given route. Thanks to this joint ef­fort be­tween Garmin and Ac­cuWeather, the scal­able in­fo­tain­ment plat­form of­fers the first nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem to pro­vide com­pre­hen­sive min­uteby-minute weather fore­casts with Su­pe­rior Ac­cu­racy to pin­point ex­act routes.

The Garmin scal­able in­fo­tain­ment plat­form takes Alexa in­te­gra­tion in the ve­hi­cle to a new level. Alexa works di­rectly with the on-board nav­i­ga­tion and me­dia player soft­ware es­tab­lished by Garmin – which means no smart­phones or apps re­quired.

Con­sumers can eas­ily se­lect their des­ti­na­tion with the Alexa hands­free voice ser­vice and then have it au­to­mat­i­cally synced to turn-by­turn nav­i­ga­tion from Garmin. What’s more, con­sumers can ask Alexa ques­tions and re­ceive both au­dio and on­screen re­sponses; play mu­sic through the head unit’s me­dia player; con­trol home au­to­ma­tion while trav­el­ing on the road; and ac­cess hun­dreds of other Alexa skills from the ve­hi­cle’s head unit.

In ad­di­tion, Garmin also uses the in­fo­tain­ment plat­form for Wire­less Rear Seat Nav­i­ga­tion and En­ter­tain­ment. Tablets or smart­phones – Ap­ple or An­droid – will have ac­cess to the head unit’s map­ping and full nav­i­ga­tion

func­tion­al­ity stream­ing over Wi-Fi to the rear seat. Rear seat pas­sen­gers will be able to see the ve­hi­cle’s route, search points of in­ter­est, and even send des­ti­na­tions to the head unit. Users can also stream me­dia con­tent from the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem to their de­vice via Wi-Fi, mak­ing the ve­hi­cle an en­ter­tain­ment hub that mim­ics the ex­pe­ri­ence seen on com­mer­cial air­lin­ers.

The ver­sa­tile plat­form in­cludes on­board and con­nected Foursquare points of in­ter­est (POI) in­te­gra­tion, a fea­ture that was re­cently launched by Garmin as a fac­to­ryin­stalled nav­i­ga­tion so­lu­tion. With Foursquare’s Places Data­base that pow­ers 125,000+ de­vel­op­ers in­clud­ing Uber, Twit­ter, Sam­sung and Snapchat, Foursquare adds more POIs in the cat­e­gories of Food and Drink, Lodg­ing, and En­ter­tain­ment which are the most searched cat­e­gories in a car.

For decades, Garmin has pi­o­neered new GPS nav­i­ga­tion and wire­less de­vices and ap­pli­ca­tions that are de­signed for peo­ple who live an ac­tive life­style. Garmin serves five pri­mary busi­ness units, in­clud­ing au­to­mo­tive, avi­a­tion, fit­ness, ma­rine, and out­door recre­ation.

New Garmin Speak Plus

Garmin In­ter­na­tional has in­tro­duced Garmin Speak Plus with Ama­zon Alexa, adding a built-in dash cam­era to its in­no­va­tive Garmin Speak. The in-ve­hi­cle de­vice is en­abled with Ama­zon’s cloud-based Alexa voice ser­vice for hands-free ac­cess to mu­sic, news brief­ings, sports scores, ex­clu­sive GPS nav­i­ga­tion from Garmin, and much more. With the ad­di­tion of the newly -in­te­grated dash cam, drivers can rest at ease with their own per­sonal eye­wit­ness over­see­ing their daily drive. The Garmin Speak Plus will au­to­mat­i­cally record and save files when an in­ci­dent is de­tected, and in­tro­duces ad­vanced driver as­sis­tance fea­tures that in­clude For­ward Col­li­sion, and Lane De­par­ture Warn­ings.

“The Garmin Speak Plus is an easy way to bring Ama­zon Alexa’s pop­u­lar func­tion­al­ity to your car. Just as Ama­zon con­tin­ues to en­hance Alexa’s voice ser­vice with ex­cit­ing new skills, Garmin cre­atively merges its worl­drenowned GPS nav­i­ga­tion and cam­era tech­nol­ogy with the Speak Plus. The added dash cam is dis­creet yet pro­vides in­valu­able peace of mind to drivers who want an ex­tra set of eyes with them in case an in­ci­dent oc­curs,” Dan Bar­tel, Garmin Vice-pres­i­dent of global con­sumer sales, said. “

“Alexa is al­ways get­ting smarter and we’re ex­cited to see Garmin con­tin­ues to be in­no­vate on the in-car Alexa ex­pe­ri­ence. Cus­tomers want to be able to ac­cess Alexa wher­ever they are, and that in­cludes the car. Alexa will help cus­tomers do thou­sands of things in the car in­clud­ing nav­i­ga­tion, mu­sic, shop­ping lists, ac­cess­ing their favourite skills, and more,” Ned Curic, Ama­zon Alexa Vice-pres­i­dent of Au­to­mo­tive, said.

The new dash cam gives Garmin Speak Plus users in­creased aware­ness on the road. It of­fers help­ful alerts like For­ward Col­li­sion Warn­ings that lets drivers know if they’re too close to the ve­hi­cle ahead; Lane De­par­ture Warn­ings if the driver drifts off the road or into on­com­ing traf­fic; and “Go Alerts” to no­tify drivers when stopped traf­fic ahead be­gins to move. At just an inch and a half in size, the com­pact Garmin Speak Plus fea­tures a fa­mil­iar LED light ring – rem­i­nis­cent of the Ama­zon Echo – and a bright OLED dis­play show­ing lane guid­ance ar­rows to guide drivers to their des­ti­na­tion, and un­ob­tru­sively se­cures to a ve­hi­cle’s wind­shield with a mag­netic mount for easy stow and go.

Like its pre­de­ces­sor, drivers can ask Alexa to play songs from sev­eral free and sub­scrip­tion-based mu­sic ser­vices, in­clud­ing Ama­zon mu­sic, Pandora and Sir­ius XM. Garmin Speak Plus works in con­junc­tion with the Garmin Speak app and a Blue­tooth-en­abled smart­phone with a suit­able cel­lu­lar data con­nec­tion. Drivers can then use Blue­tooth or an AUX ca­ble (not in­cluded) to hear au­dio through their ve­hi­cle’s speak­ers – ac­cept or ig­nore in­com­ing calls, hear a favourite tune, and more. The ve­hi­cle-ded­i­cated de­vice does not rely on a Wi-Fi hotspot to func­tion. Ama­zon Alexa lives in the cloud and will con­tinue get­ting smarter as it au­to­mat­i­cally de­liv­ers new ca­pa­bil­i­ties to the Garmin Speak Plus.

The more cus­tomers use Alexa, the more Alexa adapts to speech pat­terns, vo­cab­u­lary, and pref­er­ences with new fea­tures con­tin­u­ally be­ing added. Alexa skills pro­mote new ca­pa­bil­i­ties that al­low Garmin Speak Plus users to de­velop a more per­son­al­ized ex­pe­ri­ence with Alexa. What’s more, au­to­matic soft­ware and map­ping up­dates are reg­u­larly sent to the Garmin Speak Plus to keep the de­vice up-to-date.

Garmin Speak Plus Life­style

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