Wavecom wireless Solutions selected by PSA Peugeot CitroŽn for a new Generation of Intelligent Cars
Wavecom (Nasdaq: WVCM, Euronext: AVM) today announced that PSA Peugeot CitroŽn, a global leader in advanced automobiles has selected Wavecom wireless technology for integration in its future generations of intelligent cars.
Through the emergence of new mobile communication technology, using on-board telematics functionality, leading car manufacturers, like PSA Peugeot CitroŽn, can now propose new in-vehicle services for enhanced safety and a better mobility. ďWe are pleased to lead the way in Europe for in-board communications and emergency services that should significantly reduce the risk of fatalities on European roadways,Ē commented PSA Peugeot CitroŽn head of telematic applications, Mr. Arnaud de Meulemeester. He added, ďThis leading-edge technology has allowed us to develop new service offerings for car-owners that should increase automotive safety and enhance overall automobile performance.Ē
PSA Peugeot CitroŽn plans to equip more than half of a million cars over a four-year period starting in 2009 with cellular communications capabilities. This technology supports integrated, quality hands-free voice communication as well as PSA Peugeot CitroŽnís emergency call management service, ďPeugeot and CitroŽn UrgenceĒ (Peugeot and CitroŽn Emergency). This emergency service opens a direct voice contact in case of an accident and if needed, immediately dispatches rescue teams to the exact location where the accident has occurred, thanks to on-board GPS localization capability. PSA Peugeot CitroŽn announced recently that its emergency call system has been certified by the French department of public safety, confirming the carmakerís lead in tertiary safety.
The next generation telematics functionality for PSA Peugeot CitroŽn cars will be built on Wavecomís Q2686 Wireless CPUģ and will use Wavecomís Open ATģ Software Suite offering a variety of features to customize solutions for the automotive industry.
Wavecom has been a supplier to PSA Peugeot CitroŽnís systems integrators since 2001. Frank Souguir, Wavecom Group Vice President for the EMEA region, said, ďThe ability to have regular data transfer between cars and car manufacturers from the time they roll off the factory floor is expected to trigger a whole host of additional services from the car manufacturers that will ultimately enhance car performance, reduce recalls and increase driver and passenger security,Ē adding ďWavecom is excited to play a major role in the development of this leading-edge technology.Ē
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