|The Car Information System (CIS) is rapidly becoming widespread as an interface that connects cars, people and a networked society. A CIS typically offers a wide variety of features, from navigational functions such as timely traffic information to in-car entertainment functions such as music and movies. Beginning with the integration of driving functions such as automatic distance control and anti-collision features, the CIS is evolving into a core, cohesive system for enhancing the comfort, convenience and safety of drivers and passengers. It's a major step toward the ubiquitous-computing car society, enabled mainly by advanced semiconductors.
Renesas has long been a leading supplier of products for in-vehicle navigation, CIS and telematics systems, among others. Our cutting-edge solutions include high-performance microcomputers, many types of IP, SoC and SIP technologies, middleware products from technology partners, and more. Our large market shares in microcomputers in general — and in processors for navigation systems in particular — attest to our substantial capabilities. We apply expertise gained not only in the automotive industry, but also in fields such as mobile systems, to give customers major advantages in their CIS products.
This Special Feature explores the future of the CIS. It highlights ways that Renesas microcomputer cores, products and IPs are responding to — and facilitating — progress in the technology and applications for automotive electronic products.