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The new Dodge Super8 Linux/MP3 Car

The Dodge Super8 Hemi® concept car is DaimlerChrysler’s newest execution of Passenger Priority design. Borrowing cues from Dodge trucks and sport-utilities, the Dodge Super8 Hemi is an all-American sedan – yet one reincarnated with a tall stance that enhances visibility, comfort, space and ease of entry and exit for both driver and passengers.
“The Dodge Super8 Hemi embodies the culture and essence of American optimism,” said Freeman Thomas, Vice President – Advanced Design Strategy, DaimlerChrysler Corporation on the occasion of the 2001 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

“The concept’s use of technology adds acclaim to our commitment to innovation excellence,” said Buckley. “Emulating our pioneering design team, we constantly strive to initiate bold technological concepts that deliver meaningful appeal. With the Super8, form truly does follow function.”

The vehicle-internal computing architecture consists of four Single Board Computers that each run a certified standard Java Virtual Machine (JVM) on top of a Linux operation system. The software architecture for the in-vehicle computers is based on a 100 percent Java device platform called “deviceTop” from the Espial Group.

The Infotronic system is directed by a voice recognition system or through its liquid crystal display integrated into the instrument panel. The use of JavaCard technology allows for personalized access to the system. Voice commands allow drivers to keep their eyes on the road while controlling the vehicle’s audio system, climate control, phone and security systems as well as allow access to the driver’s smart home appliances or home security system.

Said Buckley: “When you’re driving and remember something that you should have done at home or work, you can verbally remind yourself and tell your computer to e-mail that message to your home or office all without touching a keypad.”

For rear occupants, two LCD touch screens on articulating arms are mounted to the backrests of the front seats, enabling a fully Internet-accessible in-car environment. Among the many features, rear passengers have access to an “Are we there yet?” application that gives real-time trip status information, such as a map display, estimated time of arrival or distance to the destination. Rear passengers can also play a custom location-based on-line trivia game with other vehicle occupants or even with players in other vehicles. In addition, rear occupants can retrieve pictures from the family’s Internet-enabled home security camera, for instance, to check up on a pet left home alone.

Further emphasizing its grasp of modern technology, the Dodge Super8 Hemi comes equipped with a Sirius Satellite Radio. This offers digital quality radio, ensuring clear reception coast to coast from more than 100 unique news, sports and entertainment channels, of which 50 music channels are commercial-free. Additionally, a media beaming application enables wireless transfer of digital audio (MP3) and video (MPEG) files between a home entertainment system and the car while the car is parked in the driveway or garage.

With the Dodge Super8 Hemi Infotronic system, drivers and passengers can seamlessly access time-critical information, do convenience shopping, listen to MP3 music or digital quality radio and interact with the home environment, while children play games in the rear seats — all personalized, all in real time, all on demand, and regardless of location.

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