Telematics will be used in new ways, said Siegfried Dais, management board member responsible for car multimedia and automotive electronics at Robert Bosch GmbH, at the Automotive News Europe Telematics Conference in Stuttgart last month.
Dais said remote payment of road tolls, diagnostics and driving functions will become some of the new jobs of telematics. These uses will be combined with communications, entertainment and navigation through other devices such as personal digital assistants. Current personal digital assistants are not suitable for use in cars, Dais said. They have to be small and light, whereas ease and speed of operation are critical in the car.