Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America Introduces FLEXConnect™ In-Vehicle Infotainment System

  Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America Introduces FLEXConnect™ In-Vehicle
  Infotainment System

                Features “Any Media on Any Screen” Capability

Business Wire

NORTHVILLE, Mich. -- June 23, 2014

Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc. introduced today its FLEXConnect
audio-video bridging system. This next generation in-vehicle infotainment
system provides flexibility for multiple displays and multiple content
streams, allowing passengers to enjoy individual entertainment preferences.

Mitsubishi Electric’s FLEXConnect™ is the next generation audio-video bridging
system (Photo: Busine ...

Mitsubishi Electric’s FLEXConnect™ is the next generation audio-video bridging
system (Photo: Business Wire)

“FLEXConnect is an exciting development for in-vehicle infotainment systems,”
said Doug Ray, director, audio, video and communications, Mitsubishi Electric.
“Our new system improves the overall experience for passengers who can now
make individual choices about the entertainment and data they use, including
media they bring into the vehicle.”

FLEXConnect features two rear seat screens with cameras that operate as
independent units while still being connected through the Ethernet AVB
architecture. The system supports Wi-Fi connectivity and can be used with
multiple smart phones or tablets, allowing users’ content to be available in
the vehicle.

Additional key features of FLEXConnect include:

  *An “any media on any screen” feature that allows sharing from one screen
    to another with a simple tap on the screen
  *Interactivity between the two screens, allowing passengers to play games
    or send photos back and forth
  *Control of content from the front seat, allowing parents to preview and
    override rear seat programming
  *Cameras installed above each rear seat screen to allow monitoring of rear
    seat occupants.

Future concepts of FLEXConnect™ include:

  *Navigation selection, allowing passengers to choose a destination and send
    it to the vehicle’s navigation system
  *Occupant recognition, enabling personalized layouts, contact lists, device
    defaults and audio preferences that allow each user to step into their own
    personal entertainment system
  *The ability to offload alerts, such as traffic and navigation information,
    from the head unit onto the tablet, allowing the front seat passenger to
    decide when the driver should be informed. This gives the passenger access
    to detailed alerts while preventing distracted driving.

“The FLEXConnect infotainment system is perfect for families because it lets
kids entertain themselves in rear seats, while parents have ultimate control
of the kids’ entertainment,” said Ray. “It essentially eliminates the need to
bring content into the vehicle on a disk. Passengers now control the content
and the way it is displayed using paired devices and streaming.”

“To keep pace with the consumer electronics market, infotainment system
flexibility is crucial,” said Gareth Williams, strategic technologies manager,
audio, video and communications, Mitsubishi Electric. “FLEXConnect takes
advantage of the audio-video bridging architecture to ensure flexibility in
the future. The current system enables several features that car manufacturers
could implement in the near future, such as occupant recognition and
distracted driving prevention.”

About Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America

Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc., a U.S. affiliate company of
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, was established in 1979 to serve the North
American automotive, heavy duty truck and coach business. Mitsubishi Electric
Automotive America offers a wide range of products and services, including
engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing, distribution and service of
electrical and electronic systems and components for automobiles, heavy
trucks, buses and commercial engine manufacturers, serving both OEMs and the
aftermarket. Additional information is available at the following websites:
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America www.meaa-mea.com; Mitsubishi Electric
heavy duty products www.specmystarter.com;Mitsubishi Electric’s Diamond
Gard^™ warranty program www.diamond-gard.com.

In addition to automotive electrical components, Mitsubishi Electric US group
companies’ principal businesses include semiconductor devices, factory
automation products, heating and cooling products, elevators and escalators,
solar modules, electric utility products, and large-scale video displays for
stadiums and arenas. There are 50 locations throughout North America with
approximately 3,600 employees.

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