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Dashboard Centerpiece aka Dashtop Mobile 

 Automotive gadgetry is converging to the center of the dashtop.

IIn mid-1970s,electronics accounted for 9% of vehicle value, but in 2010, that will increase to 40%, according to automobile industry estimates. Even more, the short life span of vehicle electronics does not match vehicle production cycles.

TThe accelerated shift from desktops to portable mobile devices,however, will start reorienting  its course to automotive mobile gizmos in view of the growing safety issue outweighing the advantage of portable mobile gadgets. Other factors bolstering this shift to Dashtop Mobile Equpment (DME) are battery issue, the growing needs for bigger screen,  and authentication security, just to name a few.

NXTComm predicts convergence to all-in-one mobile gadgets

In New York, a legislation is allegedly under way to discourage the pedestrian use of portable mobile gadgets on streets and sidewalks, while the use of mobile phones at the wheel has been banned,since 2001 and  this legal ban is spreading  out to other U.S. states. In other words, the shift to DME  is just on.

New Yok May ban iPods while crossing the street

Vicious cycle of short Battery Life

"Short Battery Life" is driving this shift to DME, which is powered by vehicle battery.
Experts say it will take up to 10 years until alternative power sources can be developed. And there were Sony's massive laptop battery recalls  in 2006. In late April, 2007, Apple admitted laptop battery issue.

Top priority for notebook users is undoubtedly battery life, but every time some improvement made on lithium ion battery seems to be eaten up by a software or hardware upgrade. This vicious cycle is to perhaps perpetuate.

CHICAGO — A wireless technology that could change the way people use the Internet on the go and spawn a new generation of mobile gadgets is months away from a large-scale debut here.

Driving Force Behind this shift to DME

Mobile WiMax techology is making it possible to shift to Dashtop Mobile Equipment, bolstered by safety  and battery  issues. WiMAX Forum, whose current membership reaches over 440 as of May 2007, is aggressively promoting WiMAX interoperability the world over.

NEWS  August 27, 2007
Sprint and Samsung to push WiMAX in New York

Will GPS navigators likely  keep the center of dashboard for good?

GPS navigators alone are unlikely to monopolize the dashtop center in the next decade. That is why two-way broadband wireless communications can't be done by satellite communication technology, which is the backbone of GPS navigators.

To make up for its weaker uplinks, terrestrial links for satellite communications can be considered  at  some  huge costs that will only dwarf their  economic viability.  
In support of our view, a French market firm said GPS navigation will see more growth in the subsector of hand-held and people tracking in the years ahead.

MP3 will force CD players out of dashtop sooner or later, and then mobile Internet, mobile TV, satellite radios, dashtop touchscreen smartphone,PDA, and other gimmicks will  jump into a turf war on the dashtop. In the meantime, who is going to control this dashtop sprawl of all new generations of vehicle gimmicks on the way?

As mentioned earlier, life cycles of vehicle electronics and vehicles don't match. Unless GPS navigators reach a technological compromise with DME, they won't be there for good as a stand-alone unit.

Automobile industry  has one thing yet to consider:  mobile broadbad payment platform or Dashtop Mobile Payment Platform (DMPP) in the dashboard center. The reason is the dashtop sprawl of gimmicks tends to converge to eCommerce at the wheel(Just-In-Time eCommerce on the Go) featured with such simple two- or  three-touch operations. Sooner or later, the following design features will be outdated:

  • Too many finger touches on the touchscreen - two to four touches are more than enough, and exceeding 2 touches will be 'too many'.
  • Using a stylus on the touchscreen - touchscreen will get bigger, and fingertip touches will be preferred. Later on, voice tags will prevail, while fingertip access is minimized.
  • Two-hand operations  - Mobile handheld devices, particularly portable ones, will cause User distraction that may cause safety accidents when on the street. Two-hand operations won't fit into dashtop mobile operations that are likely to prevail  after 2010, when broadband infrastructure is to be widespread.

Emergence of Driving-Friendly Dashtop Mobile

Driver distraction is the growing issue, particularly with young drivers, and this will draw a chalk line, at least,  between portable devices and DME. While driving at any speed, all the motorists, without any single exception, are prone to look at the instrument panel, change radio channels, adjust HVAC knobs, change CD tracks, turn on/off blinkers, adjust other digital control and turn on/off windshield wipers. Any dashtop gadget operation should be easier than the above-mentioned "usual" things, causing minimum possible Driver Distraction.

Brave New World of DASHTOP MOBILE

Can you imagine yourself behind the wheel doing the following:

  • pay tolls at 80mph( no tollbooth configuration for carpool, cash, RFID)
  • prepay fees at the wheel to book a parking spot in a busy downtown street
  • do "remote check-in" for "Event Parking™" at a reserved parking lot to attend a huge car show in a mega city
  • buy ball game tickets within 5 miles of a ball park and return them on the spot, if necessary, and also  do "remote check-in" for a ball game 
  • order takeout food  at the wheel without lining up in a drive-thru lane
  • do "remote check-in" for a boarding pass within 5 miles of an airport, while 
    at the wheel, which will enable massive surgical operations of singling out 'terror suspects'  by culling the size of surveillance target.

Dashtop as  a new focus of  vehicle designs

DriveOnPay™ , when implemented, can do all the above stuff.  It is going to play the role of  "electronic license plate" or "digital wallet at the wheel" or 'wireless pass".
The technological limitations of RFID and biometrics can be not only supplemented but surpass the current domains of the RFID and biometric authentication technology.

Think outside the premises

The domain of the RFID & biometrics technology is within a range of 90 feet at best and within close encounter on the premise, like airport buildings. In other words, they are the "think inside the building" technology, whereas DriveOnPay is the "think outside the building" technology.

One  at a time or tens of thousands at a time?

Federal ID, when implemented, will remain a "one at a time" technology, based on RFID and biometrics. On the other hand, DriveOnPay™ is a "tens of thousands at random at a time" technology.

To sum up, the current shift to DME  from portable personal mobile equipment will gradually draw attention from automobile designers who are seeking to find an avenue for ergonomic solutions to safety and functionality of new vehicle models.  They will eventually come to terms with the EMERGING need for dashtop wireless payment functions in lieu of  web-based mobile phone payment systems.

The name of the game will be how to converge  all those vehicle gadgets, gizmos and gimmicks to one VIMO™ screen, the size of a VHS video tape.

Vehicle Black Box (MVDER) vs. DMPP(Dashtop Mobile Payment Platform)

Since 2006, major  auto makers started installing MVEDR(Motor Vehicle Events Data  Recorder), also known as Vehicle Black Box, in new vehicles. The flip side  is that in designing this MVEDR, the developers have ignored one critical design factor: A vehicle needs  to be viewed  as a "moving member of a swarm in terms of  "Swarm Intelligence(SI)"  to extrapolate the individual vehicle's past or current  MVEDR records to keep traffic safety on the road in control.

In other words, vehicle traffic is to be considered a swarm of bufallos, fish or other animals in motion that can plunge into a devastating stampede any minute at any slight disturbance. GM's OnStar and MVEDR might work well enough, only when a vehicle is isolated on a deserted mountain road, but not when it is on the metropolitan traffic congestion or in a situation when vehicle-to-vehicle data communications or P2P  are badly needed to generate 'SI' optimization. GM's OnStar, unless equipped with P2P nodes, will soon be outdated. A one-million-strong school of fish don't run into each other at all. But  we humans are apt to get into tragic multiple-car accidents very often. Why?

ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) initiated by US DOT is to infuse elements of  AI (Artificial Intelligence) and SI (Swarm Intelligence) into the system. But it will only take off when  a DMPP comes into play. A swarm of fish or bufallos don't pay tolls and parking fees for a brief stop, but vehicles have to.  Besides, the dashtop device will excel the costly terrestrial links insofar as it comes  with such technological advantages of  mobile P2P  that are the main features of DriveOnPay™.
In May 2007, meantime, UCLA scientists started working on ways of connecting vehicles wirelessly through in-vehicle computers, according to UCLA News.

[The core technology of DriveOnPay™ and its deployment scenarios can only be disclosed to interested parties under a non-disclosure agreement and then licensed to qualified  and competent licensees on a non-exclusive basis.]
PDA at the wheel
No MORE FUMBLING with a stylus on a PDA, while at the wheel. Why don't we harness dashtop to use VIMO™ either
in one-hand operation  or with
voice tags embedded.

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