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Fiat: Blue & Me

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Heard about the Fiat's Blue & Me?

Its offered in new Fiat cars like the Fiat Bravo, Grande Punto ...

Some really practical videos about Blue & Me

http://video.google.com/videosearch?hl=en&q=fiat+blue+and+me&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&oi=video_result_group&resnum=4&ct=title#

 

It has been developed by Fiat and Microsoft. Some details about it

Source: http://www.businessweek.com/autos/content/feb2006/bw20060202_986426.htm

Instead of costly and rigid hardware, Fiat Auto and

Microsoft - with the support of Magneti Marelli - will offer a platform

that can be adapted to most mobile phones, digital media players and

other mobile devices. The customer is free to change them with new

models without compromising compatibility with the car.

Blue&Me

guarantees maximum security levels and user-friendliness. The

voice-activated system, the complete integration of steering wheel

control buttons and information on the dashboard display will allow

users to utilize any Bluetooth-based mobile phone - even if it is in a

pocket or handbag - without removing hands from the steering wheel.

Thanks

to a modern voice-recognition system, no preliminary voice training is

needed, and even incoming SMS messages are read aloud to the driver.

Among

audio functions, it is possible to listen to music stored on a mobile

phone, in the newest smart phones, and in MP3 readers or USB removable

sticks. All this thanks to a USB port, in the glove box, which enables

the connection to any digital device with the correspondent port.

The

collaboration between Fiat and Microsoft allows Blue&Me to be based

on an open platform, compatible with the largest number of devices such

as mobile phones, Palms and MP3 players, with the real benefit of

continuously catching up with market innovations, thus maintaining the

perfect integration with the car at an entry-level price.

A

further short-term evolution will offer a particularly simple and

interactive navigation system, and access to a set of services among

which are a personal assistant to check addresses, weather and traffic

forecasts, satellite localization in case of theft, SOS, and other

services currently under development.

The system is a completely

integrated technology with a one-to-one relation with the customer, as

the name Blue&Me underlines.

.... So thats about it guys. Also I heard we can use GPS enabled

devices with this so that we can interact directly and hear to

directions as we drive.

Pretty cool and Smart solution..... smiley20.gif

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this is great info... electronics and cars are becoming the best combo for innovations... anyways i hope FIAT provides this for the Indian models where everyother manufacturer is dumping cars with no innovation here!

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Hey' date=' is the same technology offered in any other car? What about the new Honda city? Does it have anything similar to Blue & Me?

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Far from it. Those offered in SX4, Swift, ANHC, i20 (future) are all just audio controls. Blue&Me is a more intelligent integration with the mobile communication. It can even dial numbers on your instruction through name in address book or raw number digits, can read SMS with most popular abbreviations, has options whether to read SMS or receive calls or ignore after it announces any incoming message or call. If you read a Blue&Me manual, you will realize the kind of features it has.

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Hey' date=' is the same technology offered in any other car? What about the new Honda city? Does it have anything similar to Blue & Me?

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Far from it. Those offered in SX4, Swift, ANHC, i20 (future) are all just audio controls. Blue&Me is a more intelligent integration with the mobile communication. It can even dial numbers on your instruction through name in address book or raw number digits, can read SMS with most popular abbreviations, has options whether to read SMS or receive calls or ignore after it announces any incoming message or call. If you read a Blue&Me manual, you will realize the kind of features it has.

Yea thats true. But I think the new honda city has something new in it? has anyone did a test drive and noted down any similar features like Blue & me?

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Yea thats true. But I think the new honda city has something new in it? has anyone did a test drive and noted down any similar features like Blue & me?

To my knowledge, the only extra thing that ANHC could have is the trip computer. But I heard from different rumors that Linea will also have a trip computer. Other than trip computer, Linea has far more features than ANHC.

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Reading out incoming SMS like in NFS, really cool.

Trip computer is gaining pupularity even in India.Even Logan has a trip computer in it. But Blue&Me is something that we have not seen till date with some innovative features.

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