The Fully Networked Car will focus on information and communication technologies (ICT) in motor vehicles and, specifically, on standards that will facilitate the convergence of these industries. In the context of new ITU initiatives to develop long-term solutions using ICT to combat climate change and global warming, a key question will be: How can ICT in vehicles help mitigate and monitor climate change?
An exclusive feature of the exhibition will be Honda Racing F1 Team’s new 2008 Formula-1 “Earthdreams car” — emphasizing environmental concerns and pointing towards green automotive technologies of the future. Experts believe that more sophisticated traffic management and driver assistance systems can help reduce the environmental impact caused by motoring.
The Fully Networked Car 2008 will feature a keynote speech from Max Mosley, president of the FIA (Fdration Internationale de l’Automobile), the governing body of motor sports worldwide — including the Formula One World Championship — and a global organization concerned with a wide range of automotive, motoring and mobility issues.
ICT in vehicles represents significant value-added safety, comfort and mobility for consumers. Predictions for the size of the market run into billions of dollars. There is universal agreement that standardization and coordination between vehicle manufacturing, standards organizations and ICT industries is crucial to the development of new technologies.
ITU works with leading ICT and auto players
ITU’s current work in the field focuses on specifications that will enhance communications in vehicles specifically the development of requirements and testing methodologies for wideband communications.
The Fully Networked Car brings ITU experts together with specialists ranging from top decision-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and analysts. The workshop programme features speakers from some of the biggest names in the ICT and automotive industries. The panel of high-level global experts that will frame the major issues and engage the audience on the important role of ICT in the greening of the automobile come from leading companies such as BMW, Connexis, Fiat, Ford, Freescale Semiconductor, Honda, Intel, Motorola, Oracle, Telefnica, Telcordia, Toyota-InfoTechnology Center, T-Systems, Volvo and Wavecom.
Among other topics to be discussed are radio spectrum used for car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communications; the convergence of telematics and infotainment; safety-related systems and manufacturing standards.