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 Friday, May 13, 2005

For those who missed the recent ITU-T workshop The Fully Networked Car - a Workshop on ICT in Motor Vehicles, all sessions and conclusions are now available on the web. ITU's Internet Broadcasting Service (IBS) is hosting an audio-archive of the event, that took place during the Geneva Motor Show, 2 - 4 March.

The workshop brought together more than 100 experts from the ICT and car industries. During nine sessions, topics such as the need for consensus between the public and private sectors and business models for interlinking the car and telecom businesses were discussed. Technically oriented sessions examined topics such as telematics and diagnostics, safety, the integration of in-vehicle systems with existing and future telecommunications infrastructures, and seamless communications on the move.

Paul Najarian, Director of Telecommunication and Standards, for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) stressed the need for more standardization in the field of ICT in vehicles: “The workshop has shown that both the automotive and the telecommunication industry clearly benefit from standardization initiatives. The fully networked car can only be achieved by fostering collaborative efforts on the international level.”

A lengthier feature-story on the car-workshop will be linked to in the next e-Flash.