[YesAuto Technology] Product development decision makers from Ford, Tencent, Alibaba, and Koala FM sat together and discussed the topic around terminals and music services. In order to express their sincerity, they were responsible for the development of Ford's in-vehicle interconnection. Huang Yong said to us that Ford’s AppLink platform will be open source to all developers. In this way, you also have the opportunity to use your own developed applications in your car.
Of course, just like Apple’s creation of the App ecosystem, all applications contributed by development agencies will be reviewed and certified by Ford. It is a prerequisite that it does not violate regulations and does not affect safety. The advantage of open source is that everyone brainstorms, satisfies and explores. The needs of car users.
Just like the topic discussed by the four companies at the GMIC Conference (Global Mobile Internet Conference), music is the demand of car users, from the original radio to car audio, MP3, and later connected through AUX line and Bluetooth. Assuming that the acquired audio source, in fact, this is a form that continues to evolve and evolve with the changes of the times to meet the needs of users. Now, in the context of the mobile Internet, a wider range of ways to obtain music has become a prominent need.
Although it is now possible to port the audio source obtained by the mobile phone application to the in-vehicle system through Bluetooth, what Ford has to do is to embed these music applications in the AppLink system, which will also solve the problem of the driver flipping through the playlist. There are potential driving safety hazards, because the voice recognition function of the original car system can be used to find songs, play and other actions. At this stage, the Ford SYNC system can recognize about 10,000 voices, in other words, these 10,000 voices It is stored in the computer of the in-vehicle system. If you want to have a further breakthrough in the recognition rate, the best solution in the future is to use the mobile network to “cloud recognition” in real time.
Speaking of embedding, this is one type of the current Internet of Vehicles. In addition, there are two types of open and hybrid. Although Ford plans to make an open source system, as an in-vehicle interconnection system, it still needs to adopt embedded design , Combine some major applications with on-board systems. Compared with third-party program development companies, automobile manufacturers have a more thorough understanding of the needs of automobile users and system optimization design. On the other hand, the hybrid type is more suitable for mobile phone users, because this type of system has more advantages in terms of compatibility.
Of course, this is only an idealized future. At the moment, the Bluetooth connection between mobile phones and cars is a problem, especially the Bluetooth connection with iPhone, which requires Apple’s chip authorization. You also know the resulting costs. Not every manufacturer can accept it. Therefore, the development of open source systems still depends on the cost control strategy of the car manufacturer.
Ford AppLink development registration link: https://www.developer.ford.com/
More open in-vehicle systems have also greatly reduced the risk of manufacturers developing car machines. The risk stems from the disparity between the development cycle of automotive products and the speed of updates in the Internet industry. For example, 10 years ago, we were still keen on using Kaixin.com and people. Social platforms like Renwang, but today, under the impact of WeChat, the overall activity level of Weibo has begun to decline. It is obviously a very strange thing to keep an obsolete application in the car system. After the system is partially opened, the applications in the interface can change continuously with the trend. Of course, the compatibility issue after the system update is still to be considered here.
Another reason why hybrid in-vehicle systems have become a trend lies in the brand attributes of the in-vehicle interconnection interface. If the system is provided by a third party, the texture and style of the interface will not be consistent with the tonality of each car brand. One thing that automakers are more taboo.
There are many solutions around the in-vehicle interconnection system. Although the concepts are different, the system architecture is different, and the degree of openness is different, everyone is to meet the needs of users as the first goal. Ford's strategy is very rational, and product advantages can also be guaranteed. After all, Tencent has more than 800 million QQ Music users in its hands. This coverage is unmatched by any application development agency. In addition, the cooperation between automobile manufacturers and Internet giants is in the process of acquiring and tapping the needs of automobile users. The ability of China to communicate with each other and share resources effectively improves development efficiency. Not only that, don’t forget, Ford also wants more people to join in. I don’t know what this car company will do in the field of Internet of Vehicles. Kind of road. (Photo / Li Boxu, the home of the car)