Connected car service company, Airbiquity has announced its support for SmartDeviceLink – SDL -, a content integration approach promising to increase automaker access to infotainment applications.
When automotive infotainment came to the fore, content integration involved developing unique user interfaces for every content provider application. This enabled customized app features and differentiated user experiences relative to competitors. However, automotive infotainment has since evolved and automakers are interested in more standardized integration approaches. This would maximize application availability while shortening development time.
SDL uses pre-defined templates that are shared between applications, thus minimizing design complexity for automakers, but resulting in several trade-offs:
- Reduced cloud-based application management capabilities
- Minimized application policy management to mitigate driver distractions
- Inability to support on-demand over-the-air (OTA) software updates
However Airbiquity claims to have mitigated SDL application trade-offs by leveraging its mobile integration technology, content integration expertise, and Choreo platform back-end-management features.
Airbiquity can now provide automakers with SDL-enabled access to a portfolio of more than 40 applications with enhanced features and functionality, plus over-the-air (OTA) software updates.
Kamyar Moinzadeh, President and Chief Executive Officer of Airbiquity said of the development:
“Airbiquity has always been at the forefront of connected car infotainment, with extensive content provider relationships, five years of automotive integration experience, and multiple integration options to meet individual customer requirements. Providing SDL-enabled access to our market-leading content portfolio—combined with Choreo’s back-end application management and over-the-air update capability—is an unbeatable package for automakers in today’s marketplace.”