Nokia partners with Clarion for Terminal Mode, as BMW teams up with Harman and Magneti Marelli for infotainment

Nokia partners with Clarion for Terminal Mode, as BMW teams up with Harman and Magneti Marelli for infotainment

Nokia announced a partnership with Clarion to strengthen the Terminal Mode platform. Clarion plans to develop a new smartphone interface that seamlessly integrates mobile apps into the vehicle, making it possible to utilize smartphone functions for advanced in-car services, like intelligent transport systems, advanced driver assistance systems, and navigation coordination.

“The integration of in-car devices with smartphones will provide better user experiences for consumers and lead to radical changes in in-car information systems,” says Tatsuhiko Izumi, president of Clarion.

Nokia and Consumer Electronics for Automotive are proposing to make Terminal Mode an industry standard. The Clarion deal follows Nokia partnerships with Alpine, Harman, and numerous auto manufacturers across Europe. Clarion also announced plans to build an application service business for in-car devices using Nokia’s Ovi Store application service.

BMW teams up with Harman and Magneti Marelli

BMW selected Harman and automotive supplier Magneti Marelli to design BMW’s new entry-level infotainment system for its luxury vehicle platforms. The new multimedia-driven system will offer BMW customers a calibre of navigation services, graphics, Internet access, and wired or wireless connectivity never before available in entry-level systems. Harman will produce and deliver the infotainment modules for BMW vehicles in the Asian markets and Magneti Marelli will serve the European markets.

Telematics to differentiate PSA’s new EVs

PSA announced that its newest electric vehicles, the Peugeot iOn and the Citroen C-Zero, will be outfitted with a dedicated, advanced telematics system. Peugeot Connect, PSA's onboard communications and navigation system, will be standard equipment in both EVs when they debut later this year. PSA believes telematics is an essential ingredient to minimize driver anxiety around battery power and range. The EVs will be linked to a satellite-based navigation system at all times, and the PSA call center can send assistance to an exact location within minutes if a problem arises.

Ford Fiesta to spice up instruction manuals

Ford announced that all new owners of Ford Fiestas will receive a memory stick loaded with instructions and features. Once off the lot, owners can insert the memory stick into the Fiesta’s USB port, which launches a 19-minute in-car introduction to infotainment capabilities as well as standard car functions. Ford drew inspiration from Apple’s launch of the iPhone and says it’s trying to build a sense of sleek connectedness in its vehicles that appeals to a younger clientele.

Ford improves 911 Assist

Ford announced the addition of GPS capabilities to its SYNC 911 Assist program so that equipped vehicles can transmit exact GPS coordinates to emergency responders. Ford hopes the addition will increase response times. Already 911 Assist calls come in on priority emergency lines due to the call being placed from the customer’s personal cell phone versus an intermediary call center. Now the emergency operator has the option to immediately retrieve the vehicle’s GPS coordinates.

PND growth

Despite the rise of smartphone apps and free navigation services, personal navigation devices will experience steady growth in Western Europe in the next five years, according to a new study from market research firm iSuppli. Shipments of connected PNDs will increase from 388,000 in 2009 to 4.6 million units in 2014, iSuppli forecasts. The firm attributes the growth to PND makers offering differentiated, connected devices lke TomTom’s new GO 1000 Live. Opening up the platform to third party content and service providers will be key to assure steady growth, the firm says, and will enable companies to leverage their connected platforms for in-dash systems.

Australia embraces telematics

Australia’s two transportation governing bodies, Transport Certification Australia and National Transport Australia, adopted a national in-vehicle telematics strategy. The strategy recognizes the enormous potential that in-vehicle telematics offers and that partnership between governments and industry can unlock improvements in safety and productivity and deliver environmental outcomes. Included in the strategy is the creation of minimum system certification requirements for both government and industry and overarching national principles to align and guide in-vehicle telematics initiatives.

NetControl selects Digi Connect for NetCase

NetControl picked Digi International to add telematics capabilities to NetCase, the company’s on-board ticketing system with a touchscreen PC. Digi International will integrate its Digi Connect WAN 3G cellular router into NetCase. The router will connect NetCase to the NetControl servers via high-speed data connectivity over standard cellular networks and will facilitate on-board ticket sales, card payments using payment terminals, the collection of prepaid tickets and vouchers, and the validation of electronic tickets identified by a reservation code.

Andrew Tolve is a regular contributor to TU.

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