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Aiming to be a leading company of providing "comprehensive infotainment" for in-car environments, Pioneer Corporation has been developing and proposing “next-generation in-car units” and “cloud services” for connected cars, whose numbers are expected to increase in the future.
Pioneer today announced that it has developed a rearview mirror telematics unit equipped with LTE communication module, first*1 in Japanese market as car electronics, to utilize cloud services.
The unit is continuously connected to the network via LTE line which features high speed, large capacity, and low latency. This allows the driver to use the Voice-Activated Drive Agent Service incorporated in the unit for obtaining a variety of real-time information needed for driving, such as information on facilities, traffic information, weather information, and news, and for using the navigation functions. The unit also comes with a built-in front-view camera with wide-angle lens, which allows the unit to function as a driving recorder. The camera also enables the unit to provide Safe Driving Support Service by detecting, through unique image-sensing technology, crossing lane or when the vehicle ahead starts moving, and by detecting unsafe driving with a built-in sensor.
The unit is also ready for the installation of dedicated applications, which allows it to be used for a wide range of business purposes. Examples include fleet management with the use of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), built-in sensor, and communication function.
This product is planned to be commercialized within the current fiscal year. Price, specifications, and other details will be announced at a later date.
Pioneer will provide information services that respond to customers’ needs by combining this and other units with a large amount of data useful for drivers that is analyzed at its Mobile Telematics Center ( unique cloud infrastructure for automobiles), and with the Voice-Activated Drive Agent technology jointly developed with NTT DOCOMO.
The unit is continuously connected to the network via LTE line, which permits access to a variety of real-time information and services available in the cloud. It also functions as a Wi-Fi access point, allowing the use of Wi-Fi compatible terminals in the vehicle, such as tablets and game consoles.
The unit can be mounted easily on the rearview mirror without being constrained by the dashboard shape or space. The unit comes with an LCD with a 5-inch capacitive touch panel, which displays a variety of information. It can be connected with a rear-view camera for use as a rearview monitor as well. Because it is a half-mirror unit, the entire screen can be used as a rearview mirror when no information is displayed on it.
The GNSS incorporated in the unit is compatible with the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System “MICHIBIKI,” allowing the driver to obtain highly accurate information about the vehicle’s location and the surrounding area. The unit also provides the Safe Driving Support Service function, which detects unsafe driving with a built-in sensor and provides alerts with images and audio. It also functions as a driving recorder, capturing front views before and after a shock is detected.
The unit comes with the Voice-Activated Drive Agent Service This function uses a microphone with a noise-cancelling function that is optimized for the in-vehicle environment. It allows the driver to operate the unit even while driving through voice interactions, to obtain real-time information that is useful for driving, such as the latest map and traffic information and news, to search facilities in the area around the current location, and to use navigation functions, for example.
The unit features the Safe Driving Support Service. It comes with a built-in front-view camera with a wide-angle lens and analyzes the images captured with this camera using unique image-sensing technology, to provide the driver with alerts using images and audio if the vehicle moves out of the center of the lane or when the vehicle ahead starts moving. It can also be used as a driving recorder for capturing and recording front-view images.
The unit is ready for the installation of dedicated applications for specific purposes. It can be used for a wide range of business purposes, including fleet management enabled by the use of GNSS and the communication function.
The unit is eligible for Device Plus 300, a low-rate monthly billing plan (¥300/month excluding tax, with ISP fees charged separately)*2 offered to NTT DOCOMO subscribers. This means that the services provided by using the unit’s communication function are available at a low rate.