Automotive infotainment combines in-vehicle information systems with added entertainment purposes. An infotainment system includes in-vehicle navigation, audio, video, and internet. The system is embedded with mobile navigation systems, telematics systems, and video systems.
The key benefits of infotainment systems, such as increased driver efficiency, improved routing and scheduling, and reduced operating costs, are leading the growth of the Global Automotive Infotainment Market. In addition, continuous innovation in wireless communication services and technology has paved the way for the growth in sales of automotive infotainment products and services.
The Global Automotive Infotainment Market is currently growing at a rapid rate and is expected to post a CAGR of 12.26 percent during the period 2013-2018. TechNavio analysts have pinpointed the top 12 automotive infotainment companies expected to help fuel market growth during the forecast period:
Alpine is a global electronics major and is increasing its focus on the Global Automotive Infotainment market. The company's aftermarket solutions are popular and widely adopted worldwide. It has developed a receiver that is compatible with Apple's latest CarPlay infotainment offering, thereby increasing its growth prospects. The company has also collaborated with multimedia playback, streaming, and media management major Cinemo GmbH to provide advanced infotainment systems.
Continental Automotive Systems, a subsidiary of Continental, is another major automotive infotainment vendor that has a strong presence in the market. The company integrates active as well as passive safety technologies such as driver assistance systems and electronic stability control. It provides adaptive cruise control to diverse automobile platforms and thereby helps reduce accidents. Its solutions also have improved collision avoidance capabilities and thus help in improving the safety performance of vehicles.
Denso is another major vendor in the market with its infotainment solutions being adopted worldwide. The company's voice-activated infotainment is being used in Ford automobiles. Its infotainment solutions manage music, directions, emails, internet radio, and other infotainment features through advanced voice commands. Denso's solutions also customize the touch-screen layout and download applications such as Facebook, Pandora internet radio, and Flickr.
Harman International is another major infotainment system provider and has a strong presence worldwide. The company is witnessing strong growth and has become one of the key leading vendors in this fragmented market. Harman International has obtained contracts from Daimler to provide next-generation telematics control units in Daimler automobiles. The company also provides integrated on-board telematics and infotainment units which connect cars to Daimler's intelligent traffic management centers.
Panasonic is one of the key players in the market. The company generates revenue of approximately US$4 billion through the sales of infotainment solutions. The company manufactures advanced head-up displays, gesture-control systems, and voice recognition systems. It is also investing in R&D to make its products user friendly and cater to a wide range of end-users. Panasonic also offers voice solutions and devices that minimize cabin noise.
Pioneer is another vendor in the market with a worldwide presence. The company is expanding its business in emerging markets such as China, Brazil, India, Russia, and countries in Central and South America, the Middle East, and Africa. Pioneer is also increasingly engaging in joint ventures with automobile manufacturers. For instance, the Car Electronics business of the company is aligned with Chinese automaker Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. (Group) to strengthen Pioneer's car navigation business. It is also expanding its OEM transactions through closer co-operation with Japanese automakers.
"The singular mission at the heart of Bose is to reproduce music as true to the original performance as possible. That involves research, technology and a strong commitment to excellence. The research to better understand what makes live music so magical began in world-class concert halls over 45 years ago. We have become experts in how the acoustic space influences what we hear—and in psychoacoustics, the science of how humans perceive sound. This is especially important in an automobile."
"Blaupunkt is a leading brand for car radios in many parts of the world particularly in Europe. Blaupunkt represents quality and innovative power. The company?s origins go back to the innovative quality symbol, the blue point, with which the company, founded in 1923, first labelled its headphones. The blue point represents products with excellent quality and technical competence particularly with regard to in-car radio reception and a first class sound."
"Twenty-first century drivers want in-vehicle access to the information and entertainment they now have at work and at home. Delphi is delivering that access, while helping drivers keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Delphi Venture Capital identifies, evaluates, and invests in innovative companies with next generation automotive technology and those companies with non-automotive technologies that can be brought into the vehicle to enhance Delphi’s existing offering of world class products and technologies."
"Today we employ cutting-edge telecommunications and sensing and control technologies to enhance vehicle performance and optimize vehicle control. At the same time, our products help to improve safety on the roads and reduce environmental impact. The many electronic devices we have developed and released over the years strive to improve the connections between people and cars, a pursuit we are committed to continuing. At FUJITSU TEN we are looking to the future with products that will watch over the joint futures of cars, people, and the global environment."
"Through its operating subsidiaries, Garmin Ltd. designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information electronics. Garmin is a leader in the general aviation and consumer GPS markets and its products serve aviation, marine, outdoor, fitness, automotive, mobile and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom."
"Kenwood USA is a leading developer and manufacturer of consumer electronics and communications equipment. Founded in the United States in 1961, Kenwood USA is the largest sales subsidiary of Kenwood Corporation of Japan and is recognized by consumers and industry professionals for providing products known for quality, performance, and value."