Let the sun shine in your car

Wind River Systems and Sun Microsystems are collaborating to jointly develop and market a complete embedded development solution for Java technology-based automotive telematics applications.

Automotive telematic devices combine wireless voice and data communication systems in order to enhance driver safety and provide information including automatic airbag deployment notification, vehicle tracking, personalised information, real-time traffic data, roadside assistance, and entertainment from a central service centre.

Through the agreement, Wind River’s Tornado for Car Infotainment development platform will be integrated with Sun’s Java technology, giving automotive manufacturers a complete solution for delivering telematics content and services over a wireless network to mobile vehicles.

Tornado for Car Infotainment comprises Wind River’s Tornado IDE, VxWorks RTOS, embedded development tools, WindML multimedia libraries, Personal JWorks Java solution and automotive-specific components including support for controller area network (CAN), IDB-C, media oriented system transport (MOST), Bluetooth, voice command-and-control, and synthesised voice information for the driver.

Tornado for Car Infotainment shifts the focus of automotive device developers from the integration of enabling technologies to the development of the application itself – reducing development cost and speeding time to market.

Growth of telematics-enabled cars and light trucks in use in the United States is expected to increase from 1.1 million in 2000 to over 20.5 million by 2006, according to the Telematics Research Group.