[ET2009] Chinese Firm Unveils Android-based Car Navigation System

Nov 19, 2009
Yasushi Uchida, Nikkei Electronics
The Android-based car navigation system developed by ArcherMind and others
The Android-based car navigation system developed by ArcherMind and others
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ArcherMind Technology Inc, a Chinese software development firm, exhibited what it claims is the world's first Android-based car navigation system for the first time at Embedded Technology 2009.

Embedded Technology 2009 is a trade show for embedded technologies and runs from Nov 18 to 20, 2009, at Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama City, Japan.

ArcherMind developed the system in collaboration with Chinese hardware makers, etc. It is based on a platform for mobile phones and equipped with Marvell Technology Group Ltd's ARM core processor. So, it is substantially a PND (personal navigation device).

Still, the system comes with a 7-inch monitor with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and is intended to be attached to the dashboard of a low-priced vehicle.

The car navigation system also features functions to browse Websites, play music, receive news, use SMS (short message service), play audio books, etc. And it has a hard disk drive, an SD card slot and wireless communication capabilities such as 3G (W-CDMA) and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth.

What surprised me is the time ArcherMind spent to develop the system.

"We started the development in July 2009 with 50 engineers," said the company's CEO, Jiping Wang.

That means they finished the development in four months. He said that a Chinese automaker is now evaluating the system.