updated 02:45 pm EDT, Thu April 5, 2012
Intel Atom systems coming to 2013 Nissan vehicles
Nissan and Intel have forged a relationship to integrate the latter's Atom chips into some of the former's vehicles. Only higher-end vehicles will be equipped with these Atom-powered in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems starting in 2013, however, and will likely first appear in Nissan's luxury brand, Infiniti. The Infiniti LE electric car concept was just unveiled earlier on Thursday at the New York International Auto Show sporting the twin-display IVI.
The system will have the ability to multitask and send traffic and navigation information to the driver while providing entertainment options that include movies to the passengers.
Intel and Nissan have collaborated in joint research and development at Intel Labs. Some of the features the two have been working on and may make it to the production vehicle include integrating portable electronics with the car's systems, cloud-based services for vehicles, and video surveillance, access, and control using a smartphone. Users may opt to get notifications when the car is bumped into while parked at a shopping mall, for example, and then rush out or access the rearview camera in an attempt to see the culprit. Phones or tablets with NFC could also become keys to access the car as well. The LE concept has wireless recharging capability, which might offer remote management through a smartphone app, as they currently can in the Nissan Leaf.
The Infiniti LE Concept is expected to turn into a production vehicle sometime in 2015. The match-up isn't entirely new in the auto industry, as the Volkswagen Audi Group has a similar one in place with Lamborghini. The flagship Aventador supercar's entertainment system is powered by the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, and Audi will use it in some future models as well.