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At Telematics 2011 Conference in Detroit this week, projects that put 4G LTE on the road included hands-free connectivity, GPS systems and roadside assistance. With over 90 expert telematics speakers, it’s the largest show yet, and runs June 8-9, 2011.

OnStar, a subsidiary of GM, was launched in 1996. OnStar’s basic subscription (starting at $20/mo), includes Roadside assistance, Hands Free Calling and Automatic Crash Response. It uses Verizon Wireless for communications and GPS to determine location.

Among the exhibitors at the Verizon booth:

  • Airbiquity will provide data-over-voice technology to OnStar’s retail product, OnStar FMV (For My Vehicle), an after market solution. OnStar’s mirror-mounted device brings connected vehicle services to virtually any vehicle. Verizon Wireless will include weather, streaming audio, local POI search, as well as integration with V CAST Apps.
  • Plex showcased Plex Media Center, its flagship product that allows consumers to access and consume digital media from a wide variety of sources.
  • MyAssist, a live-agent personal assistance and Telematics service for OEMs, provides concierge, emergency travel and medical assistance infrastructure.
  • TeleCommunication Systems provides mobile cloud computing services for navigation, hyper-local search, asset tracking, social applications and Telematics.
  • Jungo automotive middleware supplements in-car infotainment systems with internal and external connectivity, media, phone and Internet management functionality.

MyFord Touch is the in-car communications and entertainment system developed by the Ford Motor Company and Microsoft. It can use your own cellphone for the communications link, and enables users to operate various portable devices (e.g. MP3 players, Bluetooth enabled phones and USB devices) using simple voice commands.

QNX provides handsfree and telematics technology for Acura Audi, BMW, Chrysler, GM’s OnStar, Hyundai, Porsche, and others.

WirelessCar, part of Volvo IT, operates as an independent entity addressing all vehicle manufacturers, with services branded in the names of their customers including BMW and Volvo Cars and Trucks.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced six cities where it will be conducting tests of new vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems. The cities are: Brooklyn, MI, Minneapolis, Orlando, Blacksburg, VA, Dallas and San Francisco. The Connected Vehicle Drive Clinics are part of a DOT research program that will test drivers’ responses to various kinds of car-to-car communications technologies.

Frost & Sullivan predicts the European and North American fleet green telematics market will likely increase from $80 million in 2008 to $700.0 million by 2015, primarily thanks to growing pressure on fleet companies to reduce their carbon footprint and develop a greener image. Global Industry Analysts says the global commercial vehicle telematics market is set to reach US$11.2 Billion by 2015 and although factory-installed telematics currently only feature in 10% of vehicles, that figure is set to reach 62% by 2016.

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