Air network flies into cars

Centro Ricerche Fiat, the Italian research-and-development centre, is evaluating Boeing’s patented IntelliBus Network Systems technology for possible automotive applications.

Centro Ricerche Fiat (CRF), the Italian research-and-development centre, is evaluating Boeing’s patented IntelliBus Network Systems technology for possible automotive applications.

The IntelliBus technology, originally developed by Boeing for military aircraft, has potential for greatly reducing electronic wiring, connectors and control units within automobiles.

CRF plans to design, install and evaluate a prototype IntelliBus network on a Fiat automobile by mid-2004. Enhanced IntelliBus-based systems, which enable networking of multimedia and telematic electronic devices in a vehicle, could possibly be installed on some Fiat automobiles by 2008.

‘We’re particularly intrigued by the potential of IntelliBus in the automotive industry where about 30% of the cost of a typical car is tied up in electronics,’ said Rob Fosheim, Boeing IntelliBus Network Systems program manager.

Boeing has also delivered an IntelliBus prototype system to automotive supplier Visteon and is involved in its deployment in the Joint Unmanned Combat Air System X-45C program as well as F-15 training devices.

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