A Step Towards Better OEM Integration

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SAE, the association of automotive experts and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) have joined forces to try to create a partnership for standardizing car electronics and consumer electronics products “to improve the driving experience.”

The groups announced Monday, they will work together over a two year period to share information about present and future standards development “in the overlapping areas” between consumer electronics and cars.  Car audio aftermarket products including radios, back seat video and navigation will be among the products analyzed.

Dave Wilson, VP Technology & Standards at CEA said while there is no specific agenda to start, “everything is on the table” including making aftermarket car audio products work more seamlessly with in-vehicle systems.  Also on the tablet is “trying to make portable handheld devices connect to car bus systems.”

The first meeting between the organizations on the new joint effort is expected this summer.

The agreement is the first of its kind between the SAE, which sanctions auto mechanic training among other things, and the CEA.

“The integration of consumer electronics products into the vehicle continues to advance,” said Wilson. “From navigation devices to rear-seat entertainment systems to aftermarket products that let consumers equip older vehicles with the latest technology, consumer electronics continue to play a big role in the driving experience. CEA looks forward to working with SAE International to advance our mutual goal of making the driving experience exceptional.”

Source: CEA, SAE

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