Jan 052012

IVI (In-Vehicle Infotainment) systems are systems that provide entertainment, navigation and networked computing services in cars, planes, buses and trucks. Many car manufacturers are at a fast-pace viewing these types of systems in separating their products from the competition. Passengers and drivers alike are expecting the same, high-caliber technology in cars they see on mobile computers in their cars. Cars are becoming more than ever before connected to the Internet. The demand for these services is increasing and MeeGo is rising to the challenge, accelerating the pace of innovation in IVI and car entertainment.

The MeeGo IVI software platform was created to provide entertaining and rich Internet experiences for cars. Meego IVI is based on the foundation that was created by Moblin IVI for CE device management, car connectivity and rich multimedia.

The last release of MeeGo v1.2 for In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) has been released on: 19 May 2011

In particular a really useful software that run on MeeGo IVI is Navit.

Navit is a car navigation system with routing engine. meego-1.2-ivi-home
Navit’s modular design is capable of using vector maps of various formats for routing and rendering on the screen. It’s even possible to use multiple maps at the same time.
The GTK+ or SDL user interfaces are designed to work well with touch screen displays. Points of Interest of various formats are displayed on the map.
The current vehicle position is either read from gpsd or directly from NMEA GPS sensors.

Navit it’s available for Windows CE, Android and MeeGo.

The following are some common questions that arise in dealing with car systems and entertainment:

  1. How can I run Navit?

In order to initiate the Navit application, click on the Navit icon on the desktop. On the home screen, click on the Home icon which will bring up the menu. Select Navigation – > Navit

Navit by default is configured with a demo car that emulates a GPS position. It supports GPSd. To use GPSd start the GPSd Daemon with the GPS device that is configured for GPSd. To start Navit in GPSd mode, go to Menu ->Setting->Vehicle->Local GPS.

  1. How can I add more maps in Navit?

Navit works with the OpenStreetMap format. Navit has a default application that comes with a preprocessed map of Oregon. To install additional maps, go to the CloudMade website and make or download additional mapsto your OpenStreet map. If you need to install new maps, place the map binary in/usr/share/navit/maps/directory. You will need to ensure that you create a corresponding map configuration file that loads the new maps you have downloaded or created. Use the Oregon.navit.xmml as a template.

For more info on Meego IVI edition check the official page

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The post is contributed by Michael Clark. Michael is passionate entrepreneur who loves to write tech articles. Visit his site for bijtelling berekenen and Auto leasen (in dutch).

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