CNET has a video demo of the Gypsy software interface developed by Volkswagen's Electronic Research Laboratory in California. The Gypsy concept uses a PC platform as the integrating device for a variety of in-car functions, ranging from audio entertainment to navigation with Google Earth.
While the demo shows off the ease with which a Gypsy-equipped Passat interfaces with iPods and SmartPhones, perhaps the most interesting aspect of the design is its "extensibility," software engineering-speak for the ability to add new functions to the system. Vw's Gypsy adds new functionality by simply installing (by wireless download, for example) software plug-ins called widgets.

[CNET via CarHacks and Gear Live]


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