Thursday, 26 July 2018 10:56

ITU on the road with connected vehicle technology focus

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An initiative aimed at developing an enhanced audio-visual experience for motor vehicles and to capitalise on the latest advances in connectivity and multimedia technologies has been launched by the International Telecommunication Union.

With connected vehicles and automated driving increasingly moving onto public roads, a new ITU Focus Group on Vehicular Multimedia has been established to give automotive and ICT industries the opportunity to work together and capitalise on the latest advances in connectivity and multimedia technologies.

The ITU says the focus group, open to all interested parties, will explore innovations including intelligent voice interaction, interconnection between vehicular terminals and smartphones, and connectivity for high-precision navigation.

According to the ITU carmakers are looking to recent advances in ICT to provide consumers with a highly interactive multimedia experience to which they have become accustomed at home and the office.

"ITU is supporting the convergence of vehicles and ICT with road safety and data security as our top priorities," said ITU secretary-general Houlin Zhao.

"This new ITU focus group will build on over a decade of ITU experience in advancing vehicular multimedia innovation, which includes a strong focus on minimising driver distraction from these new technologies."

The focus group will identify where new ITU standards for vehicular multimedia could take advantage of the integration of satellite and terrestrial communications that has enabled low-cost, wide-area coverage featuring high interactivity.

"Vehicles are becoming our third living space, alongside our homes and places of work," said Jun Li, chairman of the new ITU focus group and deputy secretary-general of China's Telematics Industry Application Alliance.

"In recent advances in multimedia, matched with the convergence of communications technologies and the ubiquitous coverage that results, carmakers see significant potential for a new wave of innovation in vehicular multimedia."

The ITU says its focus group will support the standardisation work of its parent ITU Study Group for Multimedia (SG16), through a review of the standards ecosystem supporting vehicular multimedia, and analysis of emerging trends and open standardisation questions.

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