Mitsubishi Electric announced its new generation of FLEXConnect™ In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems. The system, which it planned to feature at TU-Automotive Detroit, is built on an Android™ platform and leverages information sharing across center touchscreen, instrument cluster, and heads-up displays.
Movimento, for whom NewFoundry developed the iOS-based Premio X® application, recognized this as an important opportunity to extend its cloud-based over-the-air (OTA) vehicle reflashing platform from a B2B, enterprise-centered solution to a consumer application. They came to us to make their vision a reality.
When we first built Premio X, our approach was to build in the flexibility to take it in whatever direction Movimento may want to go. We were ready for the challenge.
iOS to Android? Check.
Sophisticated automotive-based platform user to intuitive, easy-to-use consumer app? Absolutely.
Beautifully designed presentation geared to specific use cases? Of course.
Smart engineering that leverages the platform to work in a completely new operating environment? You came to the right place.
NewFoundry designed and engineered the new interface between the Movimento OTA platform and the end user by following our multi-disciplinary approach that fuses design, user experience, and engineering. We deployed it on a 2014 Cadillac CTS demo vehicle to show how the Movimento OTA Platform can update infotainment apps as easily as it can update firmware. Progress of vehicle app updates may be seen on all three information displays (center touchscreen, instrument cluster, and heads-up display). App downloads may be scheduled, controlled, and monitored from an Android IVI system, iOS tablet, or smartphone interface.
By partnering with Movimento, Mitsubishi Electric is demonstrating how third-party apps built using native Android development tools can integrate into their FLEXConnect platform. Visitors to TU-Detroit were able to experience the seamless integration for themselves.
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