Europe and Asia-Pacific to overtake U.S. in connected automotive infotainment shipments

Telecom Lead America: Europe and Asia-Pacific will
overtake the U.S. in the connected automotive infotainment system shipments by


ABI Research said the global connected automotive infotainment
system shipments are expected to grow to 50.9 million in 2017 from 5.7 million
in 2012.


ABI Research vice president and practice director
Dominique Bonte said infotainment remains a strong driver for the connected car
market with both connected navigation and multimedia streaming about to become
standard features, especially in the US market. In Europe the TomTom-powered
embedded Renault Carminat Live solution has seen stellar success.


Convergence is the biggest dynamic in this nascent market
with OEMs such as Honda recently launching solutions based on smartphone


Screen replication technologies such as MirrorLink are
also expected to become widely adopted by car and phone OEMs.


ABI Research said embedded automotive infotainment
solutions are firmly set to embrace open source platforms with BMW recently
announcing integrating GENIVI software in 2013.


Developing a safe user interface remains a challenge for connected
automotive infotainment designers in the face of concerns about driver
distraction issues.


With Apple lending support to OEMs for Siri integration,
speech technology seems to be finding new momentum while technologies, such as
gesture recognition, also continue being explored.


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