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Hitachi, Airbiquity keep electric cars connected

Posted: 22 Apr 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:telematics? electric vehicle? network? smart grid?

Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd and Airbiquity Inc. are joining hands to provide telematics services for electric vehicles (EVs) globally.

Today's market is focused on commercializing EVs to achieve zero-emission mobility and reduce overall levels of carbon dioxide. EVs require a range of connected support services, including advising drivers on when to take their vehicle to a charging station, locating nearby stations, using mobile phones C including smart phones C to check battery condition, determining optimum routes and other applicable services.

Through this partnership, Hitachi and Airbiquity will be able to establish a common system infrastructure for global services, providing vehicle connectivity and delivering essential EV-oriented services and other common applications. These services can be tailored to the needs of the EV manufacturers, and combined and delivered via a global, cooperative system.

With the Hitachi and Airbiquity-created platform forming a central hub in the smart grid network, the partnership paves the way for creating gateway infrastructures that can be linked with smart-grid systems. This will increase the footprint of both companies in the field of global connected vehicle services, and also help automotive manufacturers worldwide quickly implement EV solutions, creating efficiencies and optimizing the costs of their service operations.

"We are excited for the opportunity offered by this alliance with Hitachi Automotive Systems to support the creation of next-generation services for advanced vehicles," said David Jumpa, senior VP of global business development at Airbiquity. "We are confident that our reliable, vehicle-oriented solutions can provide the systems infrastructure required for the exchange of mission-critical information for Hitachi Automotive Systems."

"As both social awareness of traffic and transportation efficiency and the importance of contributing to the protection of the environment rise, Hitachi Automotive Systems continues to focus on providing connected vehicle service providers with intelligent, advanced solutions," said Masamori Kashiyama, general manager of the next-generation telematics center of Hitachi Automotive Systems' CIS division. "Combining these with Airbiquity's specialized technology and extensive operational experience in the area of vehicle connectivity will make it possible for vehicle manufacturers to operate and maintain their services with more speed and efficiency than if they were operating on their own."

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