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Entry Level Connected Infotainment Unit with Smartphone and vehicle integration

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd-Tarun Aggarwal, Ritesh Khandelwal, Satish Pandey, Satish Kumar Pandey, Himanshu Kumar Ojha
Maruti Suzuki India, Ltd.-Soundharya N
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-28-2434
To be published on 2019-11-21 by SAE International in United States
As we transition towards Internet of Things (IoT) - humans are connected to each other & outside world through the smartphone. Customers tend to use smartphones for varied purposes ranging from communication to entertainment. However, the concern of distraction exists due to poor visibility & accessibility of the phone's screen in driving condition. One of the repercussion of being connected to smartphone particularly in driving condition includes higher number of road accidents due to distraction. This paper explains one of the key initiatives taken by Maruti Suzuki India Limited to address the same. This is done by offering an entry level connected infotainment system which comprises of the following three components: (a) An entry-level infotainment with basic display & vehicle connectivity, (b) A Dock mounted on infotainment panel enabling safe usage of smartphone due to its position i.e. accessibly and visibility in driving condition, (c) A Driving App specifically designed for driving usage where one can access calling, messaging, navigation on the go with a vibrant UI & easy to use gestures. The infotainment unit…
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SmartPlay Studio-A Connected Infotainment Development

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd-Pankaj Kumar Bharti, Shashi Kant Roy, Surendra Raghuwanshi, Satish Pandey, Ritesh Khandelwal, Tarun Aggarwal, Satish Kumar Pandey
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-28-2440
To be published on 2019-11-21 by SAE International in United States
Infotainment has been always an important aspect of life which has made its way to car design. The cars today are much more advanced compared to their predecessors. The in-vehicle infotainment advancements have followed the consumer electronics market in terms of technologies such as Touchscreen, App based Navigation, Voice Assistant and other multimedia services. This trend is going to expand further as smartphones have revolutionized the infotainment domain with awareness and accessibility to customers. The infotainment system in the cars are expected to be connected not only to the cloud but various vehicle controllers to display host of information & controls at customer`s fingertips. To design a system that supports connectivity to both cloud and vehicle is challenging in terms of cost and design for the OEMs. With focus on Indian market condition and global trends, this paper analyzes the customer expectation for Connected Infotainment system. It also explains the methodology adopted by Maruti Suzuki India Limited to: (i) Provide a seamless Connected Infotainment system (Smartplay Studio) for its model line-up (ii) Leveraging Smartphone Linkage…
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Automatic Climate Control system: Adoption & relevance in Indian conditions

Maruti Suzuki India Limited, India-Tapan Sahoo, Prashant Tuli, Ritesh Khandelwal
Published 2008-01-09 by The Automotive Research Association of India in India
Changing customer preferences and market demands clubbed with environment protection norms have driven the use of advanced electronics in almost all the automobile systems. Automobile air conditioning, too, has marched a step forward with the introduction of “Automatic climate control systems” (popularly called “Automatic air conditioning”). Though the technical concept, per se, is already used widely in Room AC’s, it is only with the recent advancements in automotive electronics that it has found applications in the automotive air conditioning.A considerable number of vehicles in overseas markets are fitted with automatic climate control systems. India is not far behind as many of the high-end vehicles have built-in Automatic climate control systems. Maruti Udyog has taken the initiative in this direction by introducing “Automatic climate control” in its recently launched car.This paper deals with the adoption & relevance of Automatic climate control systems in the Indian geographical conditions. Design of the system is highly sensitive to local climatic conditions. The design specifications of one country can hardly be adopted entirely by another country unless both share the…
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