Ericsson to develop plug and play telematics

Taking the Internet to your carIn preparation for the expected explosion in telematics, Ericsson and Delphi Automotive Systems have partnered to develop plug and play solutions to take the Internet to the car.

The plug and play feature of upcoming products will enable car owners to make easy upgrades to their vehicle's multimedia products.

The speed of development cycles in telecommunications, compared to the motor industry, means that plug and play ability should secure an important role in speeding the uptake of telematics.

In its plans to develop the next generation telematics architecture, Robert Schumacher, director of Delphi Mobile Multimedia Group, is leaving no buzzword unturned. He claims the partnership will "take advantage of innovations such as Bluetooth connectivity, WAP Internet browsing and GPRS."

"In addition, the collaboration will also package third-generation wireless technologies and make these advances available to be installed through plug and play upgrades," he adds.

A recent report from analyst firm Strategy Analytics predicted that 50 percent of all new cars produced in Western Europe will have embedded communications modules within the next five years.

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