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Garmin Cabin Demo Features DTS AutoStage

Multi-zone customization, gaming and machine learning are part of its vision

Xperi’s DTS AutoStage was part of a next-generation infotainment concept from Garmin that was shown at CES.

Aimed at the automotive OEM market, Garmin gave a preview demo of what it calls the Garmin Unified Cabin, which is based on the Android Automotive operating system.

The demo provides an idea of what electronics companies are thinking for how drivers and passengers will interact with content soon. Garmin said the system creates personalized zones and knows to connect wireless passenger devices to real-time audio, video and games.

“Featuring four infotainment touchscreens, instrument cluster, cabin monitoring system, wireless headphones, wireless gaming controllers, smartphone and numerous entertainment options, all powered by a single Garmin multi-domain computing module,” Garmin said in the release, “the demonstration addresses several key technical and user experience challenges for next-generation multi-screen systems running on the Android Automotive operating system.”

Concept art of the Garmin Unified Cabin.

Garmin says consumers want “a multi-zone personalized experience,” so the system is customizable for each passenger. It uses UWB (Ultra-Wideband) positioning to connect wireless devices automatically to the appropriate display.

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“A cabin monitoring camera identifies and unlocks each passenger’s personal user interface profile, enabling occupants to enjoy multiple personalized entertainment options including cloud-based blockbuster console/PC games that can be played over 5G connectivity, on-board games and multiple streaming video platforms, all from some of the most popular names.”

With a Cabin App feature, passengers can locate connected devices, control other displays and share video and audio content across the zones.

Garmin implemented two of Xperi’s cabin features. DTS AutoStage is the hybrid radio platform that is becoming more familiar to broadcasters; it switches automatically between a station’s over-the-air signal to the IP stream when out of market, and provides metadata, album art and other benefits.

The demo also uses DTS AutoSense, which uses machine learning and a camera to enable safety and “experience features.” It recognizes things like body pose, hands on the wheel, driver distractions and occupant identity.

Garmin’s preview also used interactive maps from Mapbox Dash; embedded gaming from Atari; and security and other software from BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor and Neutrino RTOS.

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