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Delphi Introduces Unique Plug-and-Play Connected Car Solution in Europe



Delphi Introduces Unique Plug-and-Play Connected Car Solution in Europe




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Delphi Introduces Unique Plug-and-Play Connected Car Solution in Europe The global telematics market is poised to grow with approximately 104 million new cars expected to have some form of connectivity by 2025, according to a recent study from Ernst & Young. European drivers will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of advanced, secure and affordable cloud-based telematics. Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE: DLPH) announced the upcoming launch of its innovative new cloud-based automotive connectivity service for European consumers. 'Delphi Connect', which received multiple technology and innovation awards, will be demonstrated at the IAA Frankfurt motor .The device provides a ground-breaking car-to-cloud/cloud-to-car connectivity service and works in most vehicles built from 1996 and later. Delphi Connect is planned for introduction in Europe in early 2014. To access the service, car owners simply plug-in the Delphi Connect module to the on-board diagnostics (OBD) port of their vehicle, which is usually located under the steering column. The service utilizes a dedicated and secure cloud server to store data and provide access to certain vehicle information. Through a smartphone app (Android or Apple) or a web portal, the user will have access to numerous features. For instance, they will receive important alerts about their vehicle’s health and any necessary repairs. Drivers will be able to monitor, track and locate their car anywhere, at any time. Additionally, drivers also can receive warnings remotely in case a certain speed level is exceeded, which can be useful for professional fleet managers or for parents of young drivers. Delphi Connect enables drivers/vehicle owners to enjoy the benefits of: Vehicle health alerts: Automatic notices about a problem or potential problem with the vehicle is sent to its owners. For example, warnings about engine issues, emissions issues, safety issues, etc. Vehicle tracking: Real-time vehicle tracking on a map, showing the vehicle’s position, speed and direction.- Vehicle location: A car can be easily located and accessed anywhere and at anytime without having to remember to tag its original location. Driving history / driver’s logbook: Provides a summary of driving trips Safe driver monitoring: Locates the vehicle when driven by others. The vehicle’s owner also can specify designated areas (also known as geo-fencing) for the vehicle to travel. For example, the system can notify fleet owners of their vehicle’s exit or entry to and from a pre-determined destination. The system operates through downloadable Delphi smartphone apps, available for Android 2.2 and Apple iOS 5.0 and later devices, as well as a Delphi Web portal. Data transmitted through the Delphi connectivity system remains secure and encrypted. “Thanks to Delphi Connect, drivers will now have easy access to useful information about their car. It will help keep vehicles secure and operating optimally” said Pietro Ottavis, vice president, Delphi Infotainment & Driver Interface. The programmable nature of the device will allow Delphi to constantly improve the service and offerings in the future. Delphi Connect will initially be launched in Germany and then berolled-out in other European countries.