Don’t let the name throw you. This next generation telematics will filter down to all BMW Group products including potentialy the next generation MINI due in 2012.

Official BMW Press Release: BMW has joined forces with telematics service providers Connexis LLC and WirelessCar to establish a more stable and uniform interface infrastructure for delivering end-to-end telematics services. BMW’s objective in the collaboration was to create a flexible protocol platform open to all telematics providers and vehicle manufacturers, and capable of meeting rapidly changing industry needs. The Next Generation Telematics Protocol (NGTP) is presented at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Customer benefits of NGTP.

NGTP’s flexibility offers customers the ability to conveniently access new services without the hassle of making technical adjustments inside the vehicle. Changing customer needs can also be more rapidly addressed using NGTP which allows for easy swapping out of old services for new offerings.

Infrastructure of NGTP.

NGTP promotes openess and flexibility by separating the components of the telematics delivery chain, and introducing a ‘dispatcher’ to provide a single interface between the telematics unit (TU) in the vehicle and the telematics service provider (TSP). Since the interfaces are technology-neutral, all back-end components including the dispatche, TSPs, call centre and content provider can be easily interchanged. The protocol is flexible for use with all telematics service offerings and in any country. The open interface created by NGTP also enables OEMs to continously provide new services to both legacy vehicles and new models over the entire vehicle lifecycle.

Furthermore, OEMs with existing telematics business models, or those launching telematics services in the future, can benefit from the enhanced service offerings and open integration options resulting from this new protocol.

BMW ConnectedDrive.

Since 1997, BMW ConnectedDrive has played a leading role in delivering state-of-the-art telematics services. Today, ConnectedDrive serves 500,000 customers in 10 countries. Offerings include emergency call, traffic information, information services, Googleâ„¢ local search and internet-based services. As telematics offerings continue to advance and become more relevent to consumers, more providers will enter the industry. As a result, interface standardisation will become increasingly important for integrating and interchanging telematics options. With NGTP, BMW ConnectedDrive continues to lead the industry in delivering innovative telematics products and services to the market.