CES: Fujitsu shows Android-based car computing

The company plans computing systems to connect cars to people, society, other cars, and infrastructure. A prototype uses Nvidia's Tegra 2 chip.

Fujitsu Ten's prototype in-car computing system powered by Google's Android 2.2 and Nvidia Tegra 2 chip.
Fujitsu Ten's prototype in-car computing system powered by Google's Android 2.2 and Nvidia Tegra 2 chip. It's being shown at CES. Fujitsu Ten

Fujitsu Ten, a subsidiary of the Japanese technology company, is demonstrating at CES its new car-computing technology using Google's Android operating system and Nvidia's dual-core Tegra 2 processor.

The subsidiary, which focuses on car electronics, home audio, and mobile radio technology, said today it's working on three themes for its car technology: "linking cars with society," "linking cars with people," and "linking cars with other other cars and with infrastructure."

"One of the ways we are meeting the challenge is considering the future adoption of Android to improve automobile connectivity, and as such we have created a prototype for a vehicle-mounted Android terminal. Additionally, we have equipped this prototype with Nvidia Tegra 2, a mobile superchip with high processing performance and low power consumption performance," Fujitsu Ten said in a statement.

The prototype at the Consumer Electronics Show uses Android 2.2 and can be used for navigation and playing media such as YouTube videos.

Fujitsu Ten headquarters in Japan.
Fujitsu Ten headquarters in Japan. Fujitsu Ten

Judging by the three themes and radio communication experience, though, Fujitsu has more in mind--perhaps technology to help cars avoid getting too close to each other or drifting off the road.

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