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Smartphones Integrated into Vehicle Infotainment Systems

Article by: robert
Date: 16 Sep 2009

pocketgpsworld.comNAVTEQ, Nokia and Magneti Marelli have collaborated to integrate smartphones into in-vehicle infotainment systems.

Once connected, by USB cable or Bluetooth, the full range of smartphone features, services and applications are available through the existing screens and audio systems embedded in the car.

The integrated system mirrors the display of the smartphone on the vehicle's larger screen and, depending on the smartphone, commands can be given either by voice, gesture, touch or traditional in car controls.

It enables information exchange between the smartphone and the vehicle, such as fuel levels and engine status, as well as data retrieval through GPS functionality enabling location based services (LBS).

Bruno Bourguet of NAVTEQ said, We are pleased to connect the dots between the automotive and wireless world by enabling drivers to experience the best of both: that is, the benefits of NAVTEQs automotive grade quality maps and the convenience provided by the phone. This development takes us another step forward towards seamless navigation inside and outside of the car."

He added, "It moves the market nearer to mass adoption of navigation and provides the opportunity to bring mobile and location-based services to a completely new group of consumers."
Posted by mikealder on Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:40 am Reply with quote

That sounds very similar to the work Fiat have done integrating a TomTom in to their cars, from what I have read it offers information such as nearest fuel station when the car triggers a low fuel alarm based upon the POI data set contained in the device as well as a whole host of other stuff.

To be honest with all Petrol engined cars made since 2001 and diesels since 2004 have had to be fitted with an OBD-II port, this allows loads of information about the car to be read and acted upon so its not rocket science to retro fit this type of technology to a vehicle it would simply plug in to the diagnostic port which is similar to a Scart socket in appearance - Mike

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