Delphi Assembling an Array of Answers for 2008 Mid-America Trucking Show
Delphi Showcasing Electronics and Safety in Addition to Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Capabilities.
TROY, MI -- Heading into this week’s Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) Mar. 27-29 in Louisville, KY, attendees may question which Delphi Corp. (PINKSHEETS: DPHIQ) technologies are applicable to the commercial vehicle industry. After spending just a little time at Delphi’s booth, they will leave surprised at the depth and variety of Delphi’s commercial vehicle applications.
“MATS is the industry’s largest show, and we’re thrilled to showcase Delphi’s cutting-edge products to these informed, enthusiastic and motivated attendees,” said Jeff Owens, president of Delphi Electronics and Safety. “Delphi will showcase products that consumers demand in vehicle safety and mobile connectivity, as well as alternative power sources. And, each can be seamlessly integrated into vehicles.”
Currently on tap to appear in Delphi’s booth at MATS (Booth #24075 in the North Wing Lobby) are the following technologies:
* Cargo Sensing -- When added to a mobile asset tracking system, the Delphi cargo detector takes the “guess-work” out of knowing whether a trailer is empty or loaded. Using infrared illuminators, the Delphi cargo detector sensor easily verifies the presence of cargo in the trailer.
* Commercial Vehicle Integrated Safety System (CVISS) -- Automotive industry studies have shown that giving a driver just one extra second of warning time can help prevent many accidents. Delphi’s active safety products are designed to help give the driver a little more time to react to potential accident situations to help prevent them from occurring. Delphi’s collision mitigation technologies help to reduce the severity if a crash can’t be avoided.
* ORBCOMM (High Value Telematics) -- Integrated Media Systems provide the information and entertainment options demanded by drivers and passengers. Delphi’s focus on human factors enhances usability and the driving experience. Delphi information, connectivity, and entertainment solutions help make vehicle time more productive, convenient, and enjoyable.
* Autonet -- Delphi and Autonet Mobile have collaborated on an in-vehicle connectivity system that helps enable drivers and passengers to stay connected. E-mail, Internet connectivity, and gaming are just a few of the possibilities. Delphi’s connectivity expertise allows the session, link, and content to be maintained from the vehicle for seamless media delivery.
* Data Connectivity -- Technologies that enable commercial vehicles to do more than ever before -- notify drivers of mechanical or electronic problems, reroute themselves around stopped traffic or congested highways, send email messages to notify owners of an equipment malfunction or collision, and entertain drivers and passengers with music, movies and video games -- are coming into the marketplace at an accelerating pace. Delphi’s Data Connectivity Systems enable OEMs to bring these technologies inside truck cabs and sleeper compartments. Delphi’s Data Connectivity Systems can accommodate multiple consumer interfaces and link various systems within the vehicle, transforming cabs and sleeper units into multi-functional, on-the-road communications/entertainment centers.
* Commercial Vehicle Key Fobs -- Delphi’s latest key fob offering is a bi-directional key fob that provides car-to-user and user-to-car communication informing the user about the status of various functions in the car. Deep expertise in vehicle wireless communication enables Delphi to offer optimum range performance to the OEM. Delphi’s bi-directional key fob system provides long-range possibilities for car-to-user communication. The bi-directional key fob has a range of up to 1 km (open-air) and 250 m (from within buildings). The system allows users to lock and unlock doors, open trunks and operate panic buttons. It can also feature remote start and display vehicle status through a new E-Ink electronic paper display.
* Reconfigurable Switch Panels -- First introduced on the Jaguar XK, Delphi’s one-piece Integrated Center Panel helps OEMs lower cost and simplify design. This Delphi innovation replaces separate HVAC, radio, entertainment, communications, accessory and other functional switches with a single mechatronic module. The one-piece design offers significant cost savings when compared with the cost of individually installed components. It reduces wiring harness cost and mass, while providing a uniform look in the interior. Delphi’s Integrated Center Panel is available with touch screen and traditional switching interfaces. Delphi can integrate switch functions for a centrally-mounted touch screen that allows for intuitive selection of climate, audio, navigation, telephone and vehicle personalization settings.
* Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) -- One of the Delphi’s newest technologies, the SOFC auxiliary power unit is a high-efficiency, environmentally friendly device that converts the chemical energy in conventional vehicle fuels -- such as gasoline, diesel fuel and bio-diesel -- directly into useful electrical power. For commercial vehicles, Delphi’s SOFC auxiliary power unit directly improves vehicle fuel economy and emissions by reducing the need for engine idling.
In addition, Delphi radios will be on display in Pana’s booth. In 2004, Delphi, Pana-Pacific, the leading national distributor of integrated applications and services for the OEM trucking industry; and MobileAria, a subsidiary of Delphi specializing in secured wireless systems and fleet management services, announced the commercial availability of FleetOutlookâ¢, the first in-dash onboard computer with a comprehensive fleet management and security solution combined with full radio functionality.
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