Tom Blackie, Founder & CEO
When it comes to cars, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems have always been one of their salient elements ever since the first radio was affixed to a car’s trunk. Today, popular device interoperability standards, Android Auto, CarPlay, CarLife, MirrorLink, allow interlacing of the car’s IVI system with the driver’s mobile device to offer drivers a connected car experience. This convergence enables the creation of innovative applications that interact with the electronic control units for remote monitoring and to access in-car multimedia. However, with the steep growth trajectory of smartphone innovation in recent years, car original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) face uncertainty whether their car’s IVI systems can remain relevant to the mobile phones in 5-10 years.
To battle the winds of uncertainty for car manufacturers, automotive solution provider, VNC Automotive, is helping OEMs keep their IVI software compatible with expedited mobile innovation.
"We are providing solutions that allow OEMs to offer a truly connected in-vehicle entertainment experience for drivers and passengers, through mobile, IVI and cloud convergence." says Tom Blackie, Founder and CEO at VNC Automotive. In addition to the phone-car connectivity, VNC Automotive’s solution demonstrates its prowess through a robust telematics solution that helps to connect the vehicle to the cloud. Up until now, most of the IVI systems were powered by flash-based memory. Thus, coalescing cloud with the automotive infotainment is poised to usher an entirely new dimension to the industry. The cloud-based telematics solution collects data pertaining to the car’s location and performance, “which can prove to be valuable for drivers for navigation and roadside assistance in the event of a car breakdown,” adds Blackie. In parallel, the solution also allows drivers to access work email, house CCTV cameras, and other IoT devices from the cloud.
While showcasing its fringe benefits in the consumer automotive space, VNC Automotive’s telematics solution has its advantages for food growers and police force as well. To achieve the goals of precision farming, vehicles, such as combine harvesters, are increasingly autonomous and can be controlled from centres that are several hundreds of miles away. VNC Automotive’s telematics solution facilitates the control centre to interact with the vehicle in real-time and monitor its functioning in the absence of the driver. That being said, the solution also supports police officers that are still reeling under the pressure of driving and simultaneously handling multiple systems that clutter the car’s interiors and dashboard. VNC Automotive’s telematics solution provides the officers access to those systems through an integrated IVI screen, making it possible to shift the clutter to the car’s trunk. Besides, the solution also enables the officers to control the vehicle remotely from a mobile phone or tablet for tasks such as turning the siren and lights on or off and managing the direction of the cameras inside the car.
With several of such fantastic feats up its sleeves, VNC Automotive has integrated its software into over 30 million vehicles in the last decade since its inception. Today, the firm is associated with some of the world’s top auto OEMs and is supported by a strong workforce and a healthy work culture. Blackie aims to see a 30-40 percent workforce growth by 2020 to expand its R&D department. VNC Automotive’s relationships with clients and vendors have been a strong point for years, and the firm only plans to multiply this in the years to come.