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Japan, U.S. cars pack most telematics

Posted: 08 Apr 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:telematics? automotive? wireless communications? Bluetooth?

Japan and U.S. automobiles lead in availability of telematics for the 2010 model year, according to iSuppli Corp.'s Infotainment Technology Availability Calculator.

For the 2010 model year, Japan has 38.3 percent availability of telematics inside vehicles, with the United States following at 35.7 percent. Japan cars have led in telematics availability since 2006, when iSuppli began tracking such figures. And except for the 2009 model year when the United States recorded the highest availability, Japan always has been at the top of the list.

Coming in at No. 3 in 2010 is Canada, at 30.3 percent. Italy is a distant fourth at 13.8 percent, followed by the United Kingdom at 11.7 percent, France at 11.5 percent, Germany at 10.8 percent, South Korea at 6.3 percent and China at 3.7 percent.

Telematics refers to the solutions and applications built on top of information content flowing via wireless communication to and/or from an automobile. The most famous telematics service is General Motors' OnStar, which supports features like accident alerts. However, telematics spans a range of features, from remote diagnosis, to the wireless integration of third-party devices, to navigation and Location-Based Services updates, to theft detection, to engine control software revisions.

iSuppli breaks the category of Information Service Connection into two fields: mobile-phone-based systems and those using embedded wireless connections.

Mobile-connected
"Japan's market stands out for its relatively high use of mobile-phone-based services compared to other countries, where embedded telematics in vehicles is usually the preferred option," said Hitomi Larson, analyst for automotive electronics at iSuppli. "Mobile-phone-based telematics service availability in Japan is 30.9 percent for model year 2010, compared to the 5.4 percent range for most other nations. This is because OEMs such as Toyota, Honda and Nissan provide mobile-phone-based telematics services and have expanded such services not only to high-end models but also to lower-end models."

Likewise, Bluetooth availability is extremely high in Japanunlike in other regions where it is just beginning to take offat 48.4 percent for model year 2010 due to the competition among Toyota, Honda and Nissan to build up their services.


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