Acer expands into smart vehicle development
CNA Friday, May 30, 2014, 12:09 am TWN
TAIPEI -- Acer Inc. (宏碁) is working with two providers of connected car technology to design a cloud-based advanced remote device management system, in an ambitious expansion of the Taiwanese PC manufacturer into smart vehicle development.
The two new Acer partners are Germany's Advanced Telematic Systems (ATS) and Taiwan-based Studio X-Gene Co., which are testing connected car systems using the Acer Open Platform, Acer Chairman Stan Shih said Thursday at an inauguration ceremony of Acer's cloud solutions experience center.
Acer is already investing resources and developing concept products with partners, including apps that record in-car settings and routes of different drivers, in anticipation of the growing prevalence of the "Internet of Things," Shih said.
Ed Liao, vice president of Asia business development at ATS, said partnering with Acer is part of the company's efforts to bridge the gap between the IT and automotive industries.
The first connected cars using ATS's integrated solutions could hit several markets in Europe and Japan in 2015, Liao said, but added that car manufacturers will have the freedom to incorporate ATS's solution with a cloud platform operated by Acer or other providers.
Acer opened an experience center for its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) business that day in Taoyuan County to showcase a new range of its cloud services.
The new center demonstrates cloud-based services such as e-books, e-auctions and e-ticketing that are already going online, as well as prototypes in cooperation with partners, such as applications designed for smart vehicles and connected home appliances.
Cloud Solutions Demo Center
Acer opened an experience center for its BYOC business Thursday in Taoyuan County to showcase a new range of its cloud services.
The new center demonstrates cloud-based services such as e-books, e-auctions and e-ticketing that are already going online, as well as prototypes in cooperation with partners such as applications designed for smart vehicles and connected home appliances.
Acer CEO Jason Chen (陳俊聖) said at the inauguration ceremony that he expects his company's revenue from cloud business to grow "multiple" times this year thanks to the launch of its new cloud services.
He declined to specify the revenue target, saying only that cloud business accounted for just a small part of Acer's total revenue in 2013.
The BYOC is a system for users to put together cloud services that manage music and photos across Acer PCs and mobile devices, according to Acer.
The new business is part of the PC vendor's attempt to transform itself from a hardware company into a "hardware plus software plus services" company amid a shrinking global PC industry.
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