Tweddle Group Releases Head Unit Update API for 'Over the Air' Updates to In-Vehicle Software Applications, Significantly Saving Time and Costs
API provides remote update capability for current connected services platforms
DETROIT, Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Tweddle Group, a leader in customer relationship management (CRM), owner's and service information, and connected vehicle solutions for automotive OEMs, announces an important enhancement to its award-winning Tweddle Connect™ platform. Tier 1 suppliers and developers of head units can now apply Tweddle's Head Unit Update API to enable the management, installation and update of in-vehicle software applications by the OEM and vehicle owner, anytime, anywhere.
With Tweddle's Head Unit Update API, an application can be easily discovered, installed and updated "over the air," without the need for a USB flash drive. The API supports most in-market head unit operating systems and application frameworks, making it easier to maintain multiple in-vehicle configurations from a single platform and with the flexibility to meet each OEM's needs. Building on Tweddle's capabilities of developing and enabling safe access to automotive-grade applications in the vehicle, the enhanced Tweddle Connect platform's remote updates to the in-car system significantly decrease time and costs associated with services management for automakers and vehicle owners.
"Use of the Head Unit Update API demonstrates our sustained commitment to providing innovative solutions that add value to our customers' products, reduce cost of ownership and enhance overall owner satisfaction," said Andy Tweddle, CEO of Tweddle Group. "The idea that OEMs can securely update software on vehicle components over the air has incredible power, not only for new and innovative features for consumers already in-market but, equally important, for warranty cost reductions and enhanced after-sales support."
The Tweddle Connect platform is an end-to-end solution for automotive OEMs, aligning all elements of a full-featured in-car infotainment and vehicle service platform, including mobile application development, safe access to cloud- and client-based services in the vehicle, and head unit application design and development. The system allows automotive OEMs to select preferred services for individual car models and enables customization of the user experience.
As OEMs and Tier 1 head unit suppliers increasingly rely on telematics and connected-services solutions to help differentiate their products, Tweddle will continue to enhance the Tweddle Connect platform with services that provide measurable value to the OEM, dealer and vehicle owner. The Updated Speech API is the most recent of several planned platform enhancements that Tweddle will launch this year to support existing in-market OEM solutions.
"Tweddle Group has successfully evolved its business from a leader in automotive information development, management and delivery to a source of two-way communication with vehicles and owners after the sale," Tweddle said. "Our recent enhancements to Tweddle Connect further evolve our platform to ensure the fastest integration and deployment of services into the vehicle, saving our automotive customers significant time and investment in delivering a best in-car experience to their customers."
About Tweddle Group
For more than 58 years, Tweddle Group has remained a leading provider of information solutions for automotive OEMs and their suppliers. With offices in Detroit, Seattle, Brussels, Kоln, Torino and Shanghai, Tweddle delivers automotive OEMs innovative solutions that enhance the consumer relationship with their vehicle, the dealer, and the automotive manufacturer.
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