Representatives of the car industry joined with more traditional ITU-T
members at the first meeting of the Focus
Group From/In/To Car Communication.
The Focus Group meeting in Geneva,
January, worked on specifications that will enhance communications in
vehicles. Using as a starting point a specification developed by the German
Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) the
Focus Group is looking to improve a draft Recommendation – P.Carhft –
under development by ITU-T’s Study Group 12. The
Focus Group concept allows for non-members, in this case the auto industry to
A first priority is to deal with speakerphone audio quality, aiming to
provide a specification that will help to improve the speech- and sound -
quality between different devices. Second priority is requirements for headsets
including wireless. Chairman of the group, Hans Gierlich of Head Acoustics
noted also that a major problem for the car industry is car-to-car
While first concentrating on narrowband speech (3.4kHz), the group will
eventually move into better quality - wideband (8kHz). Input is also required
in the area of testing for interaction between the network and hands-free
terminals. In addition speech recognition will be addressed.
Participating companies included Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, DaimlerChrysler, France Telecom, Harman/Becker, Head
Acoustics, Mitsubushi, Nortel and Volkswagen.
A second FG meeting hosted by HARMAN/BECKER Automotive Systems is
planned for March 15 in Ulm,
following the ITU, ISO and IEC event, The
Fully Networked Car, Information and Communication Technologies in Motor
Vehicles. The event taking place at the Geneva Motor Show will review
and examine the implications of the latest developments in this fast-moving
market. A significant value-add will be an exhibition showcasing the latest
technologies in the field.