Leading automotive cockpit electronics supplier Visteon has teamed up with Mediamobile, the primary European broadcast traffic information service provider and editor of V-Traffic mobility solutions, to offer an industry-first solution that enables cars equipped with Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) radios to receive traffic updates through both digital radio and Internet services, simultaneously.
The DAB radio, provided by Visteon, picks up Mediamobile's V-Traffic data broadcasts in a standardized DAB-TPEG format and transfers the content via a Bluetooth® connection to the driver's smartphone or tablet for decoding. The traffic information is displayed on the smartphone screen, via an application that switches seamlessly between DAB and the Internet, to ensure the best service delivery at all times.
Users benefit from reduced mobile data communication costs and avoid roaming fees when traveling abroad. Moreover, they receive traffic and safety information even when their mobile phone network is saturated or out of range. For automakers, this hybrid solution delivers a fast and cost-efficient way of bringing new data services to the market, such as traffic and weather, alongside traditional radio programs. It adapts seamlessly with entry-level as well as high-end DAB radio and smart devices.
Visteon brings decades of experience in digital radio receivers to the partnership, being first to launch the DAB+/DMB-A technology on a line-fit car radio. Visteon has also premiered several hybrid-radio technology prototypes which combine broadcast and IP-content.
As a subsidiary of TDF – an industry leader in terrestrial broadcast – Mediamobile develops expertise in traffic information, broadcasting DAB traffic services in Germany and Norway and supports partners in the UK, Benelux and Italy, with the aim of offering DAB-TPEG services across Europe.
Visteon is a global company that designs, engineers and manufactures innovative cockpit electronics products and connected car solutions for most of the world's major vehicle manufacturers. Visteon is a leading provider of driver information and controls, audio and infotainment, and domain controllers; its brands include LightScape®, OpenAir® and SmartCore™. With corporate offices in Van Buren Township, Michigan, (U.S.); Shanghai, China; and Chelmsford, UK; Visteon has more than 11,000 employees at 50 facilities in 21 countries. Visteon had sales of $2.6 billion in 2014. Learn more at www.visteon.com.
About Mediamobile and V-Traffic
Mediamobile is part of leading European broadcaster TDF Group, and a leading real-time traffic information services operator in France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Poland. Mediamobile's clients include automotive manufacturers who provide traffic information services via on-board navigation systems, as well as GPS system manufacturers. With over 20 automotive manufacturers as customers, V-Traffic real-time traffic information is delivered over the full range of state-of-the-art technologies, including RDS-TMC, mobile networks and DAB-TPEG. Mediamobile services are marketed under the V-Traffic brand: for more details, visit www.v-traffic.com and www.mediamobile.com.