September 26, 2002

New Saab 9-3 first to receive wireless Bluetooth communications

Paris, France – One of the automotive industry’s first production implementation of the Bluetooth communications protocol is being displayed on the new Saab 9-3 at the Paris Motor show this week.

Developed by Delphi Corporation, Bluetooth allows portable devices to communicate over 10 metres without physical connections. Using this standard protocol, the telephone fitted to the new Saab 9-3 can be accessed by any Bluetooth enabled device. Although Bluetooth is now widely used in offices to connect computers with peripherals, this is one of the first original equipment in-car applications.

“Bluetooth opens opportunities for a vast range of convenience features in the car,” explains Dr. Robert Schumacher, Delphi’s general director of mobile multimedia. “We are already working with Saab to implement future personal productivity features that will allow the system to read (by text-to-speech) emails or other files from a laptop computer in a briefcase. I can see Bluetooth becoming a ‘must have’ for business drivers just as hands-free is today.”

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