Automotive multimedia standards debut

The Automotive Multimedia Interface Collaboration has released the world’s first automotive multimedia specifications for in-vehicle electronic devices and services.

The Automotive Multimedia Interface Collaboration, Inc. (AMI-C) has released the world’s first automotive multimedia specifications for in-vehicle electronic devices and services.

The specifications establish common multimedia interfaces for electronic components and devices such as personal digital assistants and cellular phones, allowing AMI-C-compliant devices to work interchangeably with vehicles with AMI-C-compliant networks.

The AMI-C specifications can accommodate either 1394 or MOST as candidate high-speed buses. Gateway specifications for these networks will be added to the release, pending final approval by AMI-C.

Release 1 specifications will be developed and matured over the next phases of AMI-C’s development and should be considered living documents that will evolve into ‘build to’ specifications.

AMI-C will issue royalty-free licenses to facilitate the use of the specifications. Parties interested in becoming participants in AMI-C or obtaining a license to use AMI-C specifications should contact AMI-C at secretary@ami-c.org.

AMI-C has engaged the technical support of software developers, automotive tier one suppliers and consumer electronics companies from North America, Europe and Asia to help with the continuation of its next phase of specification development. The project will focus on achieving network independence, establishing the platform definition for the operational host computer, and defining the APIs, which describe how the system will operate from the user’s perspective.