CES: Delphi Delivering the Goods for In-Car Technology
CES, or the Consumer Electronics Show may be known for debuts of smartphones and flat screen TVs, but it is quickly becoming the starting place for many new in-car technologies. The rapid convergence of automotive and tech worlds means that automakers and auto-related debuts are becoming more frequent every year at the Vegas-based CES. This year, Delphi came in big, with a slew of new technology that you will see in the years to come. The most notable and probably most helpful is the Delphi Connected Car. This little guy plugs into your car's ODB reader and links to your smartphone via Bluetooth. It can give you overall vehicle status, including exactly whats going on when the check engine lights comes on (represented as vehicle fault codes: you typically have to go to a mechanic or AutoZone to have them tell you what the fault code means). You can also us the phone connection to set up geofencing, where you set distance parameters so when you give your kid the keys to your prized sportscar, he won't go driving into the next state. The next feature on display is MyFi, which is being called an Active Safety human machine interface (HMI). It is a transparent display mounted on the dash directly in front of the driver's field of view. The display delivers information such as nearby traffic conditions and incoming texts. The system can determine driving conditions and if nearby traffic is too congested, it will block the incoming text until traffic eases up. It allows a driver to stay connected and informed while not distracting the driver by taking his/her eyes off the road.
Last, and totally not least, is the wireless charging feature. Unlike current charging pads, Delphi claims this charging can be done across short distances without connecting any wires or even the need to make physical contact. I'm sure we're all going get cancer from this, but hey, wireless charging!
The fascinating thing about a company like Delphi debuting this tech is that they are supplier. Their wares and features can/will be found in many new cars in the near future. While Audi or Chevy may have specific technology for their cars only, some of these technologies can be found throughout the industry right around the corner.
Source: Delphi, Autoblog