Bluetooth Wireless Technology Gaining Popularity With Car Owners

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Bluetooth Special Interest Group recently announced the addition of the Phone Book Access Profile and additional enhancements to be implemented to the current Hands-Free Profile. These latest innovations from Bluetooth will seemingly make dialing more convenient for mobile phone users.

The idea behind the new Bluetooth Phone Book Access Profile and Hands-Free Profile is to increase convenience for drivers, car manufacturers and mobile phone manufacturers who wish to use Bluetooth wireless technology.

“Manufacturers and users alike recognize that Bluetooth technology is the perfect solution for hands-free systems; today’s announcement of enhanced Bluetooth functionality will allow richer dialing and driving scenarios, and ensure safe phone handling in the car,” commented Michael Foley, Ph.D., executive director of the Bluetooth SIG.

With the Phone Book Access Profile, the mobile phone’s previously stored numbers will be available for use with the hands-free car kit. The owner will be able to download and view the phonebook using any mobile phone or PDA. “Bluetooth wireless technology will start to become standard in cars in the near future,” said David McClure, head of Telematics Research at SBD, automotive technology consultants.

The Phone Book Access Profile and Hands-Free Profile 1.5 will be available to Bluetooth members with new products, which include these innovations, estimated to be released later in the year. The inaugural products featuring the new technology is expected to be mobile phones and after-market car kits. Bluetooth car kits, which are expected to eventually be introduced as embedded car kits, are thought to possibly debut as early as 2007. Auto manufacturers nor Bluetooth have confirmed a date, but it is clear that plans are in the works.

“In the past, there was no universal way for Bluetooth mobile phones and car hands-free systems to share phonebook and contact information, which made implementation difficult for us as car manufacturers and created confusion for our consumers,” admits Dr. Peter Steiner, Head of Infotainment at Audi. “We are very satisfied that there now is a standard way and this will be the next important step to further enhance customer satisfaction.”

Among the car manufacturers who currently offer Bluetooth hands-free products are Honda, Audi, BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Toyota, Volkswagen and Saab. After-market car kits, which are available for almost every make and model, are offered by Motorola, Nokia, Parrot and Sony Ericsson. Users must own a mobile phone that features Bluetooth wireless technology if they wish to use the hands-free solution. By 2009, it is expected that 80% of mobile phones will be equipped to work with Bluetooth technology.

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