Israeli telecommunications company Accel Telecom has launched the first standalone ‘Connected Car’ smartphone device, which can be easily installed in any car and operates using an existing phone number via a twin-SIM (Subscriber Identity Module). The new VOYAGER smartphone device combines Android-based technology with a HSUPA Qualcomm module to deliver a driver-centric unit device, which is aimed at ensuring safer calling, easy ‘crowd-sourced’ navigation via a dedicated Waze launcher key and multiple car-focused applications.
VOYAGER is designed to enhance safe driving and features: voice-activated hands-free dialing; dedicated large physical keys; an in-car 3G WiFi Hotspot connection; external 3G RF and GPS antennas for better connectivity; and the Pango mobile parking service. The device is also able to connect to the car’s on-board diagnostics (OBD) unit via BT or RS232 to allow vehicle diagnostics and fleet management applications.
Marc Seelenfreund, Accel’s CEO, said, “Our user-friendly, cost effective and secure Carfone devices have seen substantial market success. We expect strong demand for the new generation VOYAGER Connected Car Smartphone device in both European and USA markets in line with recent industry reports and our own research with industry influencers.”
20 February 2013
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