DETROIT Delphi Automotive Systems Corp. has teamed up with a Swedish partner to create an industry standard for vehicle communications systems.
Delphi and Ericsson Mobile Communications AB of Stockholm will focus on creating a plug-and-play feature that lets vehicle owners upgrade their mobile multimedia products as soon as new technology is introduced.
Ericsson is the creator of Bluetooth, a short-range radio technology that allows multiple devices to exchange data without wires. As part of the partnership, Ericsson will provide wireless communication modules to Delphi.
According to Dave Wohleen, president of Delphi's Electronics and Mobile Communications sector, the creation of this standard will lower costs and allow for the entry of mobile multimedia products in mid- to low-priced vehicles.
The companies cited studies showing that half of all vehicles produced in Japan, western Europe and North America five years from now will have communication modules. Penetration in luxury vehicles is projected to be 90 percent.
Delphi says it expects its Mobile MultiMedia business group to grow by at least 25 percent annually. It has contracts for $2.9 billion in new business through 2006. Wohleen said Delphi and Ericsson are committed to maintaining a minimal amount of driver distractions.' He said: Our strategy is hands on the wheel, eyes on the road, to facilitate use without distracting the operators' concentration.'