|[June 23, 2014]
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America Introduces FLEXConnect™ In-Vehicle Infotainment System
NORTHVILLE, Mich. --(Business Wire)--
Electric Automotive America, Inc. introduced today its FLEXConnect
audio-video bridging system. This next generation in-vehicle
infotainment system provides flexibility for multiple displays and
multiple content streams, allowing passengers to enjoy individual
Mitsubishi Electric's (News - Alert) FLEXConnect™ is the next generation audio-video bridging system (Photo: Business Wire)
"FLEXConnect is an exciting development for in-vehicle infotainment
systems," said Doug Ray, director, audio, video and communications,
Mitsubishi Electric. "Our new system improves the overall experience for
passengers who can now make individual choices about the entertainment
and data they use, including media they bring into the vehicle."
FLEXConnect features two rear seat screens with cameras that operate as
independent units while still being connected through the Ethernet AVB
architecture. The system supports Wi-Fi connectivity and can be used
with multiple smart phones or tablets, allowing users' content to be
available in the vehicle.
Additional key features of FLEXConnect include:
An "any media on any screen" feature that allows sharing from one
screen to another with a simple tap on the screen
Interactivity between the two screens, allowing passengers to play
games or send photos back and forth
Control of content from the front seat, allowing parents to preview
and override rear seat programming
Cameras instaled above each rear seat screen to allow monitoring of
rear seat occupants.
Future concepts of FLEXConnect™ include:
Navigation selection, allowing passengers to choose a destination and
send it to the vehicle's navigation system
Occupant recognition, enabling personalized layouts, contact lists,
device defaults and audio preferences that allow each user to step
into their own personal entertainment system
The ability to offload alerts, such as traffic and navigation
information, from the head unit onto the tablet, allowing the front
seat passenger to decide when the driver should be informed. This
gives the passenger access to detailed alerts while preventing
"The FLEXConnect infotainment system is perfect for families because it
lets kids entertain themselves in rear seats, while parents have
ultimate control of the kids' entertainment," said Ray. "It essentially
eliminates the need to bring content into the vehicle on a disk.
Passengers now control the content and the way it is displayed using
paired devices and streaming."
"To keep pace with the consumer electronics market, infotainment system
flexibility is crucial," said Gareth Williams (News - Alert), strategic technologies
manager, audio, video and communications, Mitsubishi Electric.
"FLEXConnect takes advantage of the audio-video bridging architecture to
ensure flexibility in the future. The current system enables several
features that car manufacturers could implement in the near future, such
as occupant recognition and distracted driving prevention."
About Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc., a U.S. affiliate company
of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, was established in 1979 to serve the
North American automotive, heavy duty truck and coach business.
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America offers a wide range of products
and services, including engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing,
distribution and service of electrical and electronic systems and
components for automobiles, heavy trucks, buses and commercial engine
manufacturers, serving both OEMs and the aftermarket. Additional
information is available at the following websites: Mitsubishi Electric
Automotive America www.meaa-mea.com;
Mitsubishi Electric heavy duty products www.specmystarter.com;�Mitsubishi
Electric's Diamond Gard™ warranty program www.diamond-gard.com.
In addition to automotive electrical components, Mitsubishi
Electric US group companies' principal businesses include
semiconductor devices, factory automation products, heating and cooling
products, elevators and escalators, solar modules, electric utility
products, and large-scale video displays for stadiums and arenas. There
are 50 locations throughout North America with approximately 3,600
Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/multimedia/home/20140623006126/en/
[ InfoTech Spotlight's Homepage ]