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SynergyLabs Built Performance and Functionalities into Android-Based Infotainment System for a mo...


Realizing the need for transformation of the under-the-hood cockpit applications in today’s vehicles, this Wales-based mobility solutions provider emphasized employing advanced in-vehicle infotainment features to build customer interest and increase sales. As SynergyLabs stepped in to build better connectivity, provide driving comfort with enhanced mobility, our client successfully built the solutions as expected. Our Android technology-powered key in-vehicle solutions to meet consumer demands and promised to support future innovation that enhances autonomous capabilities in vehicle cock-pit and meets complex requirements of autonomous automotive technologies.

About The Automaker

With an increasingly growing demand for autonomous mobility solutions, this UK-based automaker emerged with a vision to develop head-up displays, cockpit navigation supplies, and original equipment manufacturers. At the same time, the infotainment solutions scale in-vehicle driving experience. Their solutions are aimed at making virtual driving safe and secure while enabling a more carefree and enjoyable driving and riding experience for drivers and passengers respectively.

Beyond improving the driving experience with efficient navigation that tells about the safe maneuver on the road ahead, they are envisioning to amp autonomous driving capabilities. By allowing everyone in the move to get informed about the vehicle behavior in line with the surroundings, it comprehensively encourages safety and security for the users.

More than three years into the development of head-up display systems for the automotive industry, they gain a lot of traction in the automotive market and have built lasting relationships with the leading automakers.

The challenges

Usually, an infotainment automotive display or head up display that sits in the vehicle cockpit provides interactivity to the users to allow internal vehicle status to the users. The infotainment windshield has to deliver beyond the usual features of music or other entertainment content, it must supply vehicle status information and navigation support.

‘Everything needed a change with our existing infotainment system to be able to work as user expectations. We required some more robust features to allow for added functionalities and performance to interpret what drivers can see on the head-up displays or windshield dashboard or infotainment system. So, we could provide our users or drivers frictionless driving experience and safety, said a chief architect at the automotive company.

To embed all of these features all together into the windshield dashboard, the client wanted a solution that flexibly provides their users with essential vehicle interaction through touchscreens, voice and gesture recognition, and steering controls.

But, combining all these essential features into one system requires intense expertise to put through a high level of integrations by following a lot of toughened variables.

The Solutions

As SynergyLabs looked to build an infotainment system, the first technology we chose for the purpose was the Android operating system. The technology gives more control over how drivers want to maneuver their vehicles with inputs from real-time motion feeds.

Built-in Google Maps and Android Voice recognition could combine together to create a whole new driving experience for users.

Infotainment dashboard design

We put the best features together to give our clients exactly what they needed to build for their head-up display systems and transform user interactivity. It highly meant to provide high-caliber functionalities relating to gathering weather information, routing vehicle paths to the right direction using the best support from map-based navigation.

Our team of engineers designed a few of the crucial parts of the infotainment system using the following tools and technologies-

  1. We used an Android KitKat-run processor to support this interactive dashboard. It included power storage supported by DDR and eMMC/NAND memory chip.

  2. Also, we built multimedia components, a display screen or interactive user interface, and a reverse camera.

  3. We enabled the communication connectivity using low latency or BlueTooth technology to allow data transfer and faster communication using WiFi technology.

  4. Google Maps as an efficient tool to use Android location manager was designed to seamlessly integrate with GPS and provide location information on the dashboard.

  5. The head-up display also included a Tyre Pressure Management tool to collect tire pressure in real-time.

The system use cases

For ease of use and easy understanding of the whole procedure, we built one app to be easily accessible through the Android app. It was designed to save time and improve the usability of the infotainment processes. Keeping user experience in mind, restricts time being spent in the vehicle cockpit to understand how system procedure works.

Going forward, the Android Infotainment system provided more than just a graphic display. Our solution captures real-time information from vehicle cameras and sensors embedded in the car.

By pulling data that visualizes the current wheel pressures in graphical format or GPS data that gives insights into the road pattern itself for better navigation. GPS-enabled navigation warning gives better autonomous capabilities to maneuver the vehicle in the right direction without inviting any accidental risks on the road.

Before we put our infotainment system out for customer use, we went through a lot of iteration and test its usability for accuracy and performance.

‘SynergyLabs Android-based infotainment system or head-up display was rightly optimized to what our modern consumers are expecting from hi-tech vehicles with all possibilities of autonomous features that ensure comfort and convenience. We are delighted the system now would help us scale with the growing changes in the mobility world with a little upgrade to initiate,’ said the CTO at the company.

Technology Used

Android operating system, computer vision, Ext JS, HTML, Java, Springboot, MySQL, Postgres, Socket programming with netty and Tensor Flow, python.

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