Magneti Marelli and Telit Communications S.p.A. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the area of GSM and GPRS modules to be used on automotive telematics devices. The agreement aims at developing info-mobility and tracking functions and services, and provides for Telit to supply Magneti Marelli with cellular M2M (machine-to-machine) modules to be fitted into telematics boxes for automotive use worldwide and in particular for Europe and Brazil.
The cooperation between Magneti Marelli and Telit originates from the partnership for the development of the first portable navigation device with high-speed data transfer (3G). Integrated with a high-speed modem 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mb/s) and Internet browser, this navigation device allows vehicle occupants to surf the Internet in the same way as from a personal computer and to download Web content.
The GSM module is the system component that provides voice communication capabilities and internet connectivity to the car. The use of modules on platforms such as telematics boxes enables vehicle connectivity to communication networks and the exchange of information, ensuring mobile broadband connection during the trip.
The telematics boxes allow a wide range of info-mobility services to be accessed from the vehicle: pay-per-use telematics insurance services, anti-robbery tracking and vehicle localization in case of theft, remote diagnostics for vehicle operation, company fleet management, emergency call (also known as E-call), information services on traffic and road conditions, information on access limits and bans, as well as in-vehicle multimedia entertainment services.