August 12, 2013

Porsche 918 Spyder to Come Equipped with Advanced HTML5 Infotainment System

While wireless technology has become more prevalent in pretty much every industry, it seems to have a special relationship with the auto industry in particular. In terms of sheer numbers, Global Industry Analytics expects the global commercial vehicle telematics market to reach $11.2 billion by 2015 as more automakers jump on board.

Indeed, almost every major automotive manufacturer has embraced new wireless or mobile technologies to some extent. In the U.S., for example, Ford Motor Company this year became the first American automaker to make a software product open source; in this case, it was Ford’s AppLink connectivity interface, which allows mobile devices to sync with a vehicle’s in-dash system.

Of course, the rest of the world hasn’t stood idly by and, in fact, it seems that Porsche is pushing the envelope of merging cars and new technologies with the introduction of an infotainment system based on the HTML5 standard. This new software system will be debuted in the company’s 918 Spyder supercar, which is expected to hit showrooms in 2015.

Porsche is no stranger to the world of mobile, having lent its signature designs to mobile devices, such as the Porsche-designed BlackBerry P’9981, in the past. The European automaker’s new infotainment system, however, takes this relationship much further by way of much improved smartphone integration and Internet access over competing in-dash systems.

Interestingly, the system is supposed to offer much improved ergonomics, as well, featuring a very easy to use interface with a focus on reliability. Perhaps best of all, though, is the fact that an HTML5 base will provide the system with a level of flexibility in terms of expansion unmatched by proprietary systems.

According to the original report from German auto news outlet AutoBild, this system will be the best on the market when it is released in the next few years. That’s quite a bold statement but, unless another manufacturer is able to beat Porsche to market, it may end up being true.

Image via Uncrate

Edited by Rachel Ramsey


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