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Nvidia Tegra to enable Honda in-vehicle infotainment

07 Oct 2014

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Nvidia has reported that Honda will be using its Nvidia Tegra mobile processor to power the car maker's Honda Connect in-car audio and information system in the 2015 Honda Civic, Civic Tourer and CR-V, which will be launched in Europe next year.

By integrating the Tegra automotive-grade processor, Honda becomes the 19th global automaker to use Nvidia technology for in-vehicle infotainment applications.

"Honda is bringing Nvidia's advanced mobile technology to an important new segment of vehicles," said Rob Csongor, VP and GM for automotive at Nvidia. "Inside these Honda models, the Nvidia Tegra solution leverages Android to deliver an open, flexible infotainment platform. One that bridges the world of smartphone apps and the requirements of the automotive industry but, most importantly, does so in a way that makes driving safer."

Honda Connect in-car audio and information system

Honda will use Nvidia's Tegra mobile processor to power its in-car audio and information system

Nvidia and Honda worked together to integrate Android 4.0.4 as the embedded operating system in the 2015 Honda Civic, Civic Tourer and CR-V. Nvidia brings its extensive experience working with Android in gaming, tablet and TV platforms to automotive applications.

Leveraging the powerful, yet energy-efficient automotive-grade Nvidia Tegra processor, the Honda Connect infotainment system is easy and intuitive to use, the companies noted. Its fast response to touchscreen gestures such as pinch, zoom and swipe provides consumers the same experience that they expect on their smartphones and tablets.

Boasting rich, vibrant graphics and the ability to customise screens, Honda Connect claims to deliver a personal experience to whoever is behind the wheel. The Tegra-powered system drives a 7in capacitive touchscreen display for satellite navigation, AM/FM/DAB, rearview camera and vehicle information. Access to the Honda App Centre enables compatible apps for use on the touchscreen such as Aha Radio.

There are presently more than six million cars with Nvidia processors on the road, according to Nvidia. Another 25 million Nvidia processors are expected to be integrated into vehicles in the next five years.

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