Melbourne, 10 December, 2014 – Intelematics has been recognised with a national technology excellence award for its work on a flexible connected vehicle platform for Toyota Motor Corporation.
The company was named the winner of the Industry Award at the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia Awards held in Brisbane last month.
Intelematics spent more than two years developing the state-of-the-art platform, which provides motorists with access to a range of motoring and travel-related information and assistance services through an interactive vehicle dashboard (and supporting web, smartphone, and agent-assisted interfaces). Variants of these services launched in late 2013 as Lexus Enform and early 2014 under the Toyota Link brand.
As well as acting as the Tier 1 provider of all enabling content, services and technologies for the programs, Intelematics developed in-house the application software operating on the vehicle head-units – a tethered connectivity solution leveraging motorists’ existing smartphones and all the backend systems that bring the program to life.
Intelematics’ innovative architecture allows upgrades and entirely new applications to be seamlessly uploaded to the vehicle head unit, allowing programs to evolve and adapt as the market for connected vehicle services matures.
More than 60,000 vehicles are already equipped with the service, and this is building by tens of thousands of additional vehicles every month.
Today, motorists can use the Toyota Link apps to find information such as traffic conditions, cheap fuel, local accommodation and restaurant reviews, as well as connecting with Toyota dealers and preferred roadside assist providers. The flexible architecture will enable Toyota to offer additional and improved applications in the future.
Intelematics continues to be the program operator and aggregator for the connected service on behalf of Toyota Australia.
Adam Game, Chief Executive Officer, Intelematics said the Toyota project had been an ambitious one.
“We wanted to change the way motorists can interact with their vehicle not only today or even tomorrow, but for many years to come. In the automotive world such flexibility in dashboard application architecture is unprecedented,” Mr Game said.
“It has been a privilege to support the Toyota group in realising such an ambitious vision. The work by done by the teams at Toyota and Intelematics is an example of how far the local telematics industry has come – Australia is now developing and delivering connected vehicle services that are leading the world,” Mr Game said.
The ITS Industry Award is awarded to the country’s most innovative new product or service. Other finalists for the industry award included NICTA, for its Intelligent Fleet Logistics solution, and SKIDATA Australasia, for its Ticketless Parking Solution at Westfield Miranda shopping centre.
As a result of the win at the Australian ITS Awards, Intelematics is Australia’s nominee for the International ITS Awards, with winners to be announced at the 22nd ITS World Congress to be held in France during October 2015.
About Intelematics Australia
Intelematics Australia is a RACV group organisation and is a founding member of Global Response – a strategic telematics alliance covering Europe, North America and Australia, with more than 80 million motoring club members.
Globally recognised for innovation, Intelematics Australia’s services include safety and security, fleet and workforce management, real-time traffic and other relevant motorist information and application development for in-vehicle and smartphone devices. Intelematics also provides enhanced remote vehicle diagnostic, reporting and eCRM services.
Intelematics Australia is a leading provider of OEM telematics and connected vehicle programs within the Asia Pacific region and works in partnership with its clients to create tailored programs that bring benefit to vehicle manufacturers, their maintenance and retail channels, and motorists.
SUNA Traffic Channel, operated by Intelematics, has been adopted by leading brands including Alpine, Clarion, Eclipse, Ford, Fujitsu Ten, Garmin, Google, Holden, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Magellen, Mio, Mitsubishi, Navman, Nissan, Pioneer, Porsche, Samsung, Subaru and Toyota in Australia and Ford, Garmin, Hyundai and Navman in New Zealand.
About the National ITS Awards
The National ITS Awards program is a major ITS Australia initiative to recognise professional ITS expertise and to help educate government and the community about the benefits of ITS technologies. An Award win is also a valuable marketing tool. ITS technology researchers, developers and manufacturers are encouraged to participate in the 2014 ITS National Awards.
About the ITS World Congress
The ITS World Congress is the leading exhibition and trade show for the ITS sector globally. With over 60 countries participating, it is uniquely international in scope and perspective and is the largest annual event focusing on technology solutions for improving transport safety, security and efficiency.The 22nd ITS World Congress will be held in Bordeaux France 5-9 October 2015, with Melbourne to host the 23rd ITS World Congress in October 2016.
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