New recruits may be involved in alleged 'Project Titan' work
Apple has recently hired some further new engineers from Testla Motors and others with automotive backgrounds, fueling rumors of further work in vehicle electronics (with less credible reports claiming Apple is working on its own car). Among the recent hires, who may or many not be working on the same projects, are a technologist involved with automotive algorithms, two engineers from Tesla, and a former operations manager at India's Tata Motors.
Yokohama facility to focus on materials, vehicle and health markets
A recent new report on the Japanese research and development center currently under construction by Apple in Yokohama claims that the facility will mostly be devoted to working on new materials and metallurgy, as well as the automotive and health aspects of Apple's business. The company has recently made some breakthroughs in all three areas, with new metal alloys as well as health-tracking technologies in the Apple Watch, and CarPlay.
Star Wars games discounted
Bonobo has released a major update for its realtime automotive analytics app, Zilla. The software can be used to plot a vehicles braking, corning, and acceleration G forces on live graphs, as well as view weight transfer in real time. Version 2 adds five new color schemes that can be added via in-app purchases, as well support for auto-calibrating Zilla on startup, and configuring metric and imperial unites separately. Additionally, the Lateral G display has been corrected and no longer shows inverted data. Zilla is currently being offered at the discounted price of $3 and can be purchased in the App Store.
HTC looking to move into auto industry electronics
HTC USA has posted an ad for an, “experienced leader in the automotive electronics industry.” The move is an apparent attempt by the company to gain a foothold in the burgeoning automotive connected technology industry. In recent years, car makers have been increasingly integrating mobile wireless technologies, touch screen interfaces and smartphone connectivity into their new vehicles.
Sony, Kenwood and Pioneer's flagship head units
In the midst of a hall packed with countless car audio and multimedia devices were the latest offerings to come from major brands such as Pioneer, Kenwood and Sony. While some brands appear to have followed more of an evolutionary path than revolutionary, others, like Sony, have revealed new head units with substantially more technology than was available just last year.
Users can see, command iOS devices in-vehicle
RealVNC, the original developers of VNC technology, have added iOS 4's "iPod Out" display functionality to their own VNC Mobile Solution for Automotive, which allows a single common head-unit HMI design to detect and control virtually any mobile device through a touchscreen -- and opens up the possibility of future abilities to control home or work computers through that same in-built car touchscreen.
Provides information on the car's health
CarMD.com has announced its CarMD Handheld Tester and Mac/PC Software System is now available for Apple’s latest Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system. The package works as an automotive diagnostic tool that links a vehicle’s on-board computer to a Mac, helping users obtain diagnostic information which is utilized to estimate repair costs. Support is said to be offered for all cars, SUVs and minivans manufactured in the U.S from the year 1996 to the present date.