• Nov 3rd 2008 at 6:28PM
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One of the highlights of the recent Audi Mileage Marathon for participating journalists was the in-car internet connectivity. The Q7s and other vehicles used in the marathon were equipped with a Cradlepoint mobile WiFi router and USB wireless broadband adapter. We were able to open up our laptops (when we were in the passenger seat, of course!) and connect to the net to write our stories while on the go.
Delphi is now teaming up Autonet mobile to market in-car internet their connectivity products. Autonet is the company providing the in-car WiFi uConnect system that will become available from Chrysler dealers this fall. That unit is basically a standard WiFi router with a broadband adapter installed inside the box. The Delphi-Autonet partnership will take this technology and go a few steps further to add a variety of telematics services as well as improving the robustness of the systems. One of the issues that automotive engineers have to deal with on modern cars is radio frequency interference. Delphi will be using its experience in automotive electronics to help Autonet harden its systems and meet the requirements of carmakers for factory installation.

[Source: Autonet Mobile]

Delphi Chooses Autonet Mobile for New Internet-Based Telematics & Media Platform

TROY, Mich. – Delphi Corporation (PINKSHEETS: DPHIQ) and Autonet Mobile announced an agreement today to market and develop Internet-connectivity technology products for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Delphi and Autonet Mobile are developing the next generation telematics platform that will deliver entertainment, downloadable content and many other forms of media that will generate a new ecosystem of revenue for OEMs.

The two companies are field testing new telematics and in-car entertainment products using Internet-based media services designed on the Autonet Mobile network architecture. Delphi and Autonet Mobile will also be hardening communication connections to automotive grade to meet current OEM requirements. Additionally, the two companies will provide demonstration vehicles equipped with the new technology for OEMs and consumer market testing.

"Customers want flexibility and convenience while they are in their vehicles," said Tom Puza, managing director of telematics at Delphi Electronics & Safety Division. "We believe our experience in providing electronics products that withstand tough automotive environments and our expertise in electronics systems integration of hardware and software will be valuable in taking this technology to the next level with OEM customers."

Optimized for the in-car experience and for minimal interruption, Autonet Mobile turns vehicles into secure mobile WiFi hot spots. The company's patent-pending TRU Technology is designed to keep passengers connected in a moving vehicle. The technology helps to eliminate the "dropped call" syndrome. Vehicle passengers stay connected to the Internet with any WiFi device while on the road. The technology provides access to e-mail, web information, games and other Internet-based activities. Adult passengers can access weather reports and traffic conditions, make dinner or movie reservations or shop online, while children in the back seat can complete homework, care for their Webkinz pets or play online games.

"Early on we recognized that new applications and new ways to communicate would form around the car," said Sterling Pratz, CEO of Autonet Mobile. "Together with Delphi our service and technology delivers next generation entertainment systems and allows automotive manufacturers to enter the lucrative market of downloadable content and Internet media services – which previously only existed on millions of handsets and home computing devices. We see a future where providing Internet for the car will change the face of in-car entertainment products and services provided by the automotive industry."

A leader in providing electronics technologies that meet rugged automotive standards, Delphi provides vehicle entertainment systems and information for one and two-way voice and data links from the vehicle to terrestrial and satellite networks. Delphi has produced more than 283 million mobile radios and introduced an array of new wireless technologies to OEMs. In the last 25 years, Delphi has been at the forefront in the introduction of multi-speaker, multi-amp premium audio, CD playbacks, DVD rear seat video, MP3 playbacks, advanced TV reception systems and satellite radio into the market. Delphi supplies both OEM and retail hardware for satellite radio providers. For more information about Delphi, visit www.delphi.com

Autonet Mobile is the world's first in-car Internet service provider. Founded by a corporate executive and former race car driver and a leading network architect and designer, the company is dedicated to enhancing the in-car experience by bringing the power of the Internet to the 200+ million cars on the road in the U.S. Autonet Mobile currently provides uconnect web as a dealer installed Mopar® Accessory that is available to 3,400 Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge dealerships nationwide along with the Avis Connect service for Avis Rent a Car which continues to roll out nationwide. For more information about Autonet Mobile, visit www.autonetmobile.com.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I read SkyNet the first time I saw the headline and thought the end was nigh.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Do these companies not know that the average cell modern phone can connect your laptop to the net just about anywhere inside or outside the car? This better be a free service if they actually expect to compete with the cell phone people already have.
      • 6 Years Ago
      you people fail to realise the point to this, its so your little bundle of joy in the back can take their psp/ds or even xbox360 and play online via wifi. Your correct about the cellphone to laptop tethering being a better option in that application but now how do you get it from the laptop to the game system without a tangle of wires or setting up an adhoc network. I can grantee Jane soccer mom wouldn't want to mess around and just wants it to "work". Sooner then later the internet will be ubiquitous and this is one step on the way it'll happen.
      • 6 Years Ago

      I was hoping that they would find something else for people to do with their hands and eyes while they're supposed to be driving their friggin' Hummer
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly what I was thinking, it'll just be another driver distraction unless you are somehow only able to use it from the backseat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The upload/download speeds need to be high, and cheap.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Really, is this necessary? People can't seem to drive as it is, nevermind the cell phone, food, drink, gps, stereo, and general lack of driving skills. Do we *really* need another gadget in our cars? Whatever happened to driving for the sake of driving, much less for the sake of getting somewhere quickly and safely?
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