Category: Automotive

Altia Code Generation Target Release: Renesas RH850/D1L1

May 6th, 2016 by Cheryl Falk

Our engineering team has delivered another new target!

Altia DeepScreen now offers code generation support for Renesas RH850/D1L1. This Renesas processor is perfect for instrument clusters, HUDs and other in-vehicle displays. Our DeepScreen target makes the most of this chip’s resources to deliver exciting HMI features for cost-conscious automotive production programs, including support for global fonts like Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean and others.

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Altia Code Generation Target Release: NXP i.MX28

April 15th, 2016 by Cheryl Falk

Great news from Altia’s target engineering team!

Altia now offers code generation support for its optimized software-rendered pipeline for NXP i.MX28. This target is a compelling option for those who want to use open source in their projects as it takes advantage of both GCC and Linux.

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Altia CEO talks HMIs for Off-Highway Vehicles

February 23rd, 2016 by Cheryl Falk

In the February issue of SAE Off-Highway Engineering, Terry Costlow takes on the topic of HMIs for off-highway vehicles in his article, “Looking for a better image: Display advances are helping to reduce operator fatigue.

Costlow writes, “HMIs are the link to the functions that actually do the work, so they play a central role as equipment suppliers race to help operators do more work in less time.”

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Altia to Present at Automotive HMI Conference in Stuttgart | May 2016

February 18th, 2016 by Cheryl Falk

International CTI Conference Automotive HMI 2016 - StuttgartAltia will join automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers including Bosch, Continental, Volvo and more on May 11-12 at the 1st International CTI Conference “Automotive HMI”.

This event will be held at Le Méridien Stuttgart in Stuttgart, Germany.

Presenters and attendees will spend two exciting days engaging in discussion around these important aspects of automotive HMI design and implementation:

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Global embedded innovators set to converge on Nuremberg — embedded world 2016

January 13th, 2016 by Cheryl Falk

Embedded World 2016 | Nuremberg, Germany | February 23-25In just a few weeks, Altia will join almost 900 exhibitors from 42 countries for the premier embedded event of the year – embedded world Exhibition and Conference 2016! Located at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg, embedded world 2016 will take place from Tuesday, February 23 to Thursday, February 25.

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Awesome Advances In Automotive GUI

December 22nd, 2014 by Cheryl Falk

GUI in the Automotive IndustryAmericans drive. A lot. Other countries do their fair share of driving, but the automobile is an icon of American culture right along with the cowboy. There are a billion autos on the planet and a substantial majority of them are within the United States. With that many potential consumers in search of a product which never goes out of demand, you would think more emphasis would be placed on the HMI of the vehicle. Such is not the case. By and large, automotive GUIs are sub-par on their best days and confusing or just plain bad on other days.

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Smart Cars, Distracted Drivers

December 8th, 2014 by Shawn Lyon

Determining whether oSmart Cars, Smart Designr not “smart” automobiles are distracting depends largely on who you ask. If you ask consumers, as was done in the 2012 Traffic Safety Culture Index by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAAFTS), 71% of drivers believe that hands-free devices are safer than hand-held ones, and over 50% of those same people don’t believe that speech-based systems are at all distracting. If you ask car manufacturers, they will claim voice systems are completely safe alternatives that allow a driver to navigate, communicate, or enjoy social media without distraction.

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Altia CEO’s Top Three Observations from IQPC Automotive Cockpit HMI2014

September 24th, 2014 by Cheryl Falk

IQPC Automotive Cockpit HMI2014This week, Altia sponsored the 5th Annual Automotive Cockpit HMI2014 Conference in Frankfurt, Germany. The goal for the event was to get all the great automotive OEMs and suppliers together in one spot for deep-dive discussion about the challenges that automotive companies are facing with regard to HMI — and there are quite a few!

Not only is the automotive cockpit a battleground for brand differentiation, but the user experience has to be spot on. Not only do the various user interfaces in the car need to be functional while limiting driver distraction, but now need to interface with mobile devices and — in the not so distant future — with other vehicles!

With a guest list that includes experts from Fiat, Renault, BMW, Garmin and other leading automotive companies, we expected some truly exciting conversation — and we couldn’t wait to get a report from the road. So we asked Mike Juran, Altia’s CEO to share his impressions of the event.

Here goes… » Read more: Altia CEO’s Top Three Observations from IQPC Automotive Cockpit HMI2014

Altia to Speak at Automotive Cockpit HMI2014 in Germany

September 8th, 2014 by Cheryl Falk

IQPC Automotive Cockpit HMI2014

Automotive Cockpit HMI2014 is just a few weeks away!

Altia will join BMW, Renault, Garmin and other automotive leaders for discussions about critical topics in HMI design and development — like automated drive, multi-modal HMI, connectivity, driver distraction and usability.

Mike Juran, Altia CEO, will present “The Economics of a Successful Automotive HMI – from Today to 2025.” He will sharehis insights into the state of advanced infotainment, the value of 3D and HUD and the future of automotive HMI design. » Read more: Altia to Speak at Automotive Cockpit HMI2014 in Germany

Skeuomorphism — It’s Stayin’ Alive

May 29th, 2014 by Jason Williamson

Skeuomorphism — the designing of interfaces to mimic real-life counterparts — has become a bit of a dirty word in GUI design these days.

Apple, long a proponent of that style under the usually reliable judgment of Steve Jobs, largely gave up the ghost in 2013 with iOS7. Yet there are still projects and new concepts looking at ways to keep skeuomorphism alive, such as this one or even bringing 3D into the act like this one.

There is this dream that one day, we’ll be starring in our own versions of “Minority Report” or “Iron Man” — swinging our arms or manipulating virtual objects to perform incredibly complex tasks. However, the reality for most users is that attempts at this type of interaction will almost always require too much training.

Tom Cruise and Robert Downey, Jr. didn’t likely step up and start flailing their arms at their newly delivered computer systems expecting it to realize what they were attempting. In fact, what makes those movies and the interaction so cool — is that the users were expert. They were trained and very practiced at the interaction at hand. It’s kind of like watching your engineer friend whip through command line prompts or wrangle huge C files in vi. It’s very cool, incredibly productive — but not something the casual user can mimic.
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