Any car with a cupholder and power socket will be able to use a sophisticated new multimedia device to be revealed at the Paris auto show in October.
Delphi has entered into partnerships with L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co. and Palm Inc. to supply information and entertainment products to carmakers.
Using Delphi voice recognition systems, the Communiport 'mobile productivity center' allows drivers to send or retrieve information from their Palm computing devices without taking their hands off the wheel.
A cradle that fits into a cupholder holds the Palm and mobile phone. It contains software that converts stored or incoming e-mails into speech, allowing the driver to hear messages on demand. The driver can dictate replies that the system converts into e-mail format and sends when instructed.
The system will be available through consumer electronics outlets in the USA from December, and in Europe from 2001.