DENSO has developed Blue Harmony, an in-vehicle communication and entertainment system or, using the current key buzz-word, ” Infotainment System”. It allows drivers to manage music, directions, e-mail, Internet radio, news headlines and other infotainment options through voice commands. It is displayed on a touch-screen mounted in the center of the dashboard and allows users to customize the touch-screen layout, and download Denso-developed applications to run services like Pandora Internet radio, social networking Web site Facebook and photo sharing Web site Flickr.
We recently showed an appliction of the Qi Wireless Technology displayed in the dash of an upcoming Toyota Avalon, an illustration of things to come. Blue Harmony technology expands these technologies in multiple directions.
Unlike some voice-activated infotainment systems on the market now, Blue Harmony does not require several specific prompts to play a particular song over the vehicle’s sound system.
For example, a Blue Harmony prototype demo at the 2010 North American International Auto Show allowed the creation of a new station on customizable Internet radio station Pandora by saying “I want to make a new Pandora station.”
Still in development, the Blue Harmony system promises to have USB ports for connecting different types of devices, and use 802.11 WLAN technology to service customers’ portable devices as a Wi-Fi hotspot and to get data from other Wi-Fi networks into the vehicle. DENSO said it is working on a Bluetooth protocol to integrate navigation applications from portable devices into the car.
The system is expected to go to production in 2011.