Intel and Toyota have announced that they are working together to develop the next generation of in-vehicle infotainment systems. The two firms are studying and investigating multiple items for use in cars including new usage models for device connectivity in the car. Among the things that Toyota and Intel are investigating are new interface mechanisms like touch, gesture and voice.
The connected car is a big deal it seems, Intel lists the connected car as the third fastest growing tech device with smartphones and tablets taking the first and second place sports. The research involves ways to integrate more technology into the car without causing driver distraction. The goal to getting more tech into the car according to Intel and Toyota is to allow the driver to use the tech more intuitively, leading to less distraction.
The platforms the two firms are looking at are going to be powered by Intel Atom processors. Neither company is offering up any in indication of what specifically they are working on at this point. We can make a few assumptions though based on similar systems like the Ford Synch and MyFord Touch. The tech developed by Toyota and Intel will certainly help to control entertainment and basic car systems without the need for the driver to take their eyes off the road.