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Onboard DVD Maker Forges Into Mobile Streaming

24 Jun, 2002 By: Hive News

Auto supplier Delphi Corp. is developing technology to deliver real-time Internet and digital information to vehicles, even while they travel at highway speeds.

The new innovation uses a wireless network in development at Mesh Networks to enhance vehicle entertainment.

"Consumers are demanding more entertainment and information options in the vehicle and Delphi is satisfying that demand with the latest in in-vehicle communications," said Robert W. Schumacher, general director of Delphi's Mobile MultiMedia business unit.

Delphi's streaming entertainment technology provides real-time digital information to moving vehicles via a broadband wireless connection. Data is moved over a peer-to-peer (P2P) network that consists of access points and wireless data repeaters. Information is transferred at speeds up to 6 megabits per second.

The network allows vehicle passengers on-demand access to Internet entertainment options including personalized MP3 music files, video programs, Web cameras and audio from up to 4,500 radio stations from around the globe. The system also lets users play head-to-head games over the Internet. On-demand access to files such as digital music and home movies stored on a home media server or personal computer brings another dimension to in-vehicle entertainment.

The key to this technology is that there is no need for a hard drive or a personal computer in the vehicle to access the information, Schumacher said. Also, the system works with a vehicle's existing audio and rear-seat video systems to make integration simple and cost-effective. Delphi provides onboard DVD players to a number of automakers.

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