February 2005 Newsletter
Bluetooth in the Car a Go--But Specs Need More Work
Bluetooth is finding its way into more cars and phones, but glitches are a problem. A new version of the Hands-Free Profile is nearing completion.

2004 Roundup of North American Automotive Electronics Suppliers
A look at the 2004 financial results of major North American suppliers including Autoliv, Delphi, Gentex, Harman, Johnson Controls, Lear and Visteon.

Hitachi Automotive Systems, The Company Profile
Just 3.8% of the electronics conglomerate Hitachi's sales are from automotive products. Nissan/Renault accounts for 55% of automotive sales. Hitachi now owns all of Unisia JECS, Xanavi Informatics and Tokico.

Connection to Apple iPods Will Stay Proprietary
Apple will keep its iPod connector and protocols proprietary. Carmakers are looking for a single solution to connect portable devices to the car's display, switches and speakers.

2005 Frankfurt Motor Show and Baden-Baden Conference on Automotive Electronics
IAA and Baden-Baden are scheduled for September and October 2005. Plan to attend.

Pew Center Studies Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Graph shows the Pew Center's comparison of fuel economy and emissions standards for the EU, Japan, China, Australia, Canada, U.S. and California. The U.S. lags far behind.

Domestic Japanese Shipments of Automotive Consumer Electronics Equipment
Table shows consumer electronics shipments growth from 2000 to 2004.



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