Airbiquity will support SmartDeviceLink infotainment
Issue Date: 2016-03-31

Airbiquity has announced its support for SmartDeviceLink (SDL), a content integration approach promising to increase automaker access to infotainment applications for connected car programs with reduced implementation complexity.

With the introduction of automotive infotainment five years ago, content integration involved developing unique user interfaces for every content provider application, enabling customized app features and differentiated user experiences relative to competitors. Automotive infotainment has since evolved and automakers have become interested in more standardized integration approaches that could maximize application availability while shortening development time.

SDL uses pre-defined templates that are shared between applications, and has recently become a candidate for standardized content integration. While SDL does minimize design complexity for automakers, it presents several trade-offs:

· Reduced cloud-based application management capabilities

· Minimized application policy management to mitigate driver distractions

· Inability to support on-demand over-the-air (OTA) software updates

Automakers deploying infotainment programs using SDL content can now have the best of both worlds by working with Airbiquity, which has mitigated SDL application trade-offs by leveraging its mobile integration technology, content integration expertise, and Choreo platform back-end-management features. Airbiquity can now provide automakers with SDL-enabled access to a portfolio of more than 40 high-quality applications with enhanced features and functionality, robust back-end application management and policy controls, and over-the-air (OTA) software updates.