Automotive Infotainment, Active Safety, HMI development and Consumer Device Interaction are amongst the application areas where Mecel is most active.
Mecel has always been regarded as one of the pioneers in the field of vehicle communication. There was no exception to this when the vehicle communication systems evolved from being of pure internal concern, to true distributed systems with functionality residing both on-board and off-board.
Automotive Infotainment is a term that covers an ever increasing class of automotive applications. From traditional AM/FM tuners and CD players to voice recognition, navigation, phone control, and reception of digital content via satellite (SDARS) or terrestrial (DAB, DVB-T/H) broadcasts.
Consumer device interaction is the latest addition to the vehicle communication network since "Nomadic" or portable devices such as mobile phones and MP3 players (ex. iPod) are brought to the vehicle by the driver or passengers.
Active safety systems are generally defined as systems whose intent is to assist the driver in reducing the risk for an accident, as opposed to Passive safety systems whose main goal is to mitigate injuries to vehicle occupants during and after an accident.
In today's vehicles the user interface represents a great deal of the customers perceived value. In many projects we have seen that the OEM's are not happy with what they see during the development phase and it is either too late or too expensive to resolve the issue before start of production.
The introduction of more electronics in the vehicle increases the need for diagnostics of its functions and components. However, the architectural structure itself, being based on a multiplex bus, makes it easier to retrieve diagnostic data from the different systems in the vehicle. Vehicle diagnostics can be divided into three areas: embedded systems internal diagnostics, retrieval of diagnostics data from embedded systems, and the act of actually diagnosing a failure situation.
Gateways are used in automotive networks primarily for translation between different network protocols, but can also be used to handle authentication and firewall issues in workshop diagnostics or telematics gateway applications.