Tablets Hold The Ace For Automotive Infotainment Systems

Tablets hold strong potential for use as rear-seat entertainment solutions in automotive infotainment systems, new IHS iSuppli research indicates. According to the research, the path for the wide usage of tablets in cars has been paved by smart phones, which have attained a key position in infotainment systems.


Tablets offer similar levels of integration as smart phones, while sporting a larger screen size more suitable for content and information consumption,” said Luca De Ambroggi, senior analyst for automotive infotainment at IHS. “This makes tablets an optimal solution for rear seat entertainment.

One of the key differences among PCs and media tablets is the fact that the media tablet’s main purpose is to communicate, browse, search and read information and enjoy media and social networks. Tablets are not intended for the creation of content.


Another feature that distinguishes tablets from other platforms is that tablets are essentially a screen, or a touch screen, to be more precise. This defining attribute, together with the absence of a keyboard, confirms the media tablet’s focus on content consumption rather than creation.

Nonetheless, connectivity has not particularly improved since there is still no supporting USB host interface in the iPad 2. iPad competitors have offered differing approaches to connectivity, trying to take advantage of what might be considered a weak point for Apple. The newly announced Google Honeycomb based on Android 3.1 serves as an example of a tablet supporting USB hosting.



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