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Android-based IVI head unit gets an iOS playdate

Aug 7, 2013 — by Eric Brown 1,397 views

Intel subsidiary Wind River announced a collaboration with Chinese embedded software company PATEO on an Android-based automotive in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system. PATEO is using Wind River Connectivity Solution Accelerator for Android to enable an Android IVI system to play music and videos from iPhones, iPads, and iPods.

The Wind River Connectivity Solution Accelerator for Android was announced in May, and with a very specific goal: The software enables a car’s infotainment head unit to be used for viewing and playing content streamed from late-model iPhones, iPads, and iPods. The Connectivity Solution Accelerator makes the car’s IVI head unit act like an accessory to the iOS device. With the iOS device docked into the car’s infotainment system, the head unit can play music and videos and the car’s steering wheel can be used as a remote control.

Wind River’s Android-based IVI Connectivity Solution supports iOS devices
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PATEO is the first announced customer for the software, although no specific product names or eventual automotive models were mentioned. The Chinese embedded and mobile software firm provides automotive solutions including intelligent and connected car terminals and R&D platforms.


In the PATEO IVI application, a user-customizable IVI home screen allows users to customize the placement of frequently accessed application icons. Supported iOS devices are said to include the Apple iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod, and iPod nano.

PATEO is a member of two major Linux-oriented IVI industry organizations, the GENIVI Foundation and the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC). The GENIVI spec comprises a set of standardized open source software components for IVI systems, while the CCC has developed the MirrorLink standard for connecting IVI systems with mobile devices.

Wind River’s iOS compatibility support
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Wind River’s IVI solution accelerators are intended to be used in conjunction its Linux-based Platform for Infotainment, which is a GENIVI-compliant OS based on Wind River Linux and the Yocto Project. The Platform for Infotainment targets telematics, IVI, and other automotive systems including instrument clusters and center displays.

“In order to deliver the highest quality and get to market quickly, it is critical to work with an expert like Wind River who possesses extensive automotive, embedded, and open source experience,” stated Kelvin Du, vice president of PATEO.

More information may be found at Wind River automotive solutions product page. More on PATEO may be found at the PATEO website.

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