The multi-touch infotainment screen at the center of the dash only shows driver-relevant information, such as navigation, music and weather, while driving to reduce distractions, but it presents a more comprehensive overview when standing still, including a messaging center and calendar. Garmin also has plans for safety sensors that could allow the front seat passenger to access a more comprehensive feature set on the center screen, such as social media and Web functionalities, while ensuring that the driver is prevented from using potentially distracting functions.
The K2 Platform is powered by the Jacinto 5-Eco processor and the OMAP 5™ platform from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI), which sports a dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A15 foundation and multiple accelerators for high-performance, multimedia-rich infotainment features. Among other benefits, this setup is capable of driving multiple screens with high-resolution 3D graphics, which allows car manufactures to integrate infotainment options for backseat passengers. The K2 user interface is developed in HTML5, making it easy to customize for particular OEM brands.
3D Navigation and Location Services
The driving experience itself is defined by mobility, so navigation, maps and location services are at the center of Garmin’s K2 infotainment platform. The system features onboard 3D navigation with city models that show realistic and beautifully rendered 3D representations of buildings for better orientation. The system is capable of integrating real-time information, such as fuel prices, parking, traffic, tracking, weather forecasts and images from traffic cameras. It warns users when they’re running low on gas and automatically finds gas stations on the driver’s route. Users can also create to do or reminder lists and the system can remind them at the right time based on location. For example, if the driver has a list of things to pick up at a home improvement store, it could remind him of that next time he is in the area. To even further take some of the cognitive load off the driver, Garmin is developing additional features that automatically draw conclusions from accessible information. Through the combination of calendar and navigation functions, for example, the system would know if the driver is running late due to traffic, so it could automatically ask if the driver wants to contact the parties of upcoming meetings and inform them about the delay.