WEBLINK Brings Popular Smartphone Apps to Life in the Car


<WEBLINK Brings Popular Smartphone Apps to Life in the Car>


TORRANCE, CA—(Marketwired – Jun 3, 2013) – Abalta Technologies (http://www.abaltatech.com), a leading developer of software solutions for the automotive industry, today announced its WEBLINK software supports new smartphone applications in several categories including internet radio, navigation, points of interest, parking and weather. The WEBLINK car connectivity solution offers the fastest and easiest way for drivers to replicate the smartphone app user experience they have become accustomed to and are demanding in cars. The applications will also be demonstrated at the upcoming Telematics Update 2013 in Detroit, MI June 5 and 6 in booth 55.

WEBLINK’s ability to run on all major smartphone operating systems enables app developers to design driver-centric apps with ease. Existing HTML5 apps can be easily deployed to the in-vehicle environment and can be easily customized for OEM brands and target demographic groups, geographical region or user preference. As smartphones increase in processing power and capabilities, so will the vehicle’s infotainment system.

WEBLINK supports many new app categories frequently used in the car, which includes the following app examples:

Internet Radio: Slacker, Rdio, TuneIn
Navigation and Traffic Management: Inrix, Glympse, WEBNAV by TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS), Gas Price Guide by Abalta Technologies
Points of Interest: Yelp, Wcities International City Guide, Wcities Hotel Finder
Voice Broadcasting: Vobok
Parking Finder: Parkopedia, Best Parking, Parkme
Weather: Accuweather

In addition to running HTML5 cloud-based applications and services, Abalta is working on integrating native applications to WEBLINK. Sophisticated applications such as Web-based 3D Navigation with landmarks, real-time traffic, local points of interest and more can be readily viewed on the car’s head-unit while running natively on the Smartphone and therefore not dependent on cloud connectivity. “WEBLINK simplifies development, and facilitates integration with 3D Navigation and other relevant applications into the auto ecosystem without developers having to worry about porting to multiple operating systems,” said Austin Klahn, senior vice president, Navigation & Telematics, TCS.

“Consumers expect 24/7 access to their social networks, and time spent driving is no exception,” said Priyam Parikh, architect of Vobok, and founder and CEO of Vobok Inc. “Users love Vobok’s tap-to-talk functionality, and the integration with WEBLINK means drivers don’t have to sacrifice safety to instantly connect with their social networks.”

Abalta’s WEBLINK provides a solution for developers who can’t meet the costs or development issues of deploying several apps across multiple proprietary infotainment systems. It leverages the smartphone browsers of any operating system so that OEMs aren’t forced to add and maintain a web browser on their unique vehicle head unit to stay current. The software also renders the application to the correct size of the head unit, completely avoiding image distortion or stretching.

“After a successful launch in March, WEBLINK has quickly attracted a large number of high-end applications such as Yelp, Inrix, Rdio, Accuweather, and more,” said Michael O’Shea, president and CEO of Abalta Technologies. “By using HTML5 for running applications, we are able to make the development process quite simple, allowing us to focus on styling each service to a suitable automotive layout.”

The WEBLINK software is available today. For more information or to discuss licensing WEBLINK, please contact sales@abaltatech.com.

About Abalta Technologies
Since 2003, Abalta Technologies has been focused on delivering innovative software solutions to the automotive industry. From embedded automotive applications to connected vehicle solutions, Abalta has worked with OEMs and Tier One suppliers to deliver meaningful innovations to their customers. Each member of our team has helped pave the way for the advancement of the connected vehicle today. Abalta continues to maintain an unrivaled expertise across mobile platforms and maintains long-standing relationships with a portfolio of the over 60 of the most recognizable brands in the world. We have helped transform our customers’ mobile product visions into meaningful experiences for businesses and consumers alike. Please visit http://www.abaltatech.com.

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