in-Drive device testing fuels European telematics initiatives
ATLANTA, March 3, 2009 - Hughes Telematics, a leader in providing next generation telematics solutions, today announced that it has completed the successful initial testing of its in-Drive aftermarket solution in Europe. in-Drive, which was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2009, is an aftermarket solution that offers comprehensive telematics services including emergency call (e-Call), breakdown assistance (b-Call), diagnostics monitoring and emission testing, stolen vehicle tracking and geofencing.
"in-Drive's robust feature set gives users access to significant vehicle information and connectivity with convenient, real-time access via the Web," said Fred Blumer, vice president of aftermarket and data services, Hughes Telematics. "The unit's small size, simplicity and capacity for handling large amounts of data were essential factors driving the development of our self-installed, plug-and-play solution."
Hughes Telematics' engineering team successfully placed test b-Calls and e-Calls from Europe, as well as executed bi-directional data transfers using the in-Drive solution. The creation of in-Drive leverages Hughes Telematics' Next Generation Telematics Architecture, and demonstrates the company's ability to successfully operate on a global basis.
"in-Drive's preliminary success has significant implications within the industry, specifically in Europe, as it allows OEMs and solution providers to develop e-Call and b-Call initiatives without the need for professional installation of in-vehicle hardware and software," said Mike Sena, vice president of business development, Europe, Hughes Telematics. "Additionally, third parties can leverage the elegant self-install features to support pay-as-you-drive (PAYD) insurance programs or offer additional benefits for travel club members."
"With the complexities related to the development of a universal solution in Europe, an aftermarket solution can help accelerate the telematics rollout and adoption in the market," said David McClure, director of intelligent transportation systems and telematics at the independent automotive consulting firm SBD. "Telematics in Europe will soon see a significant surge as both manufacturers and drivers begin to experience the value of being connected."
Hughes Telematics has created a unique foundation with its Next Generation Telematics Architecture and will continue to work together with suppliers across Europe to offer comprehensive telematics services to global markets. With the ongoing testing of in-Drive, Hughes Telematics will continue its expansion into Europe and other global markets with the vision of connecting the automotive world.
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