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"Jentro Car" Leverages Java and Linux

Next-Gen In-Car PCs Developed by Germany Company

Munich, Germany-based Jentro Technologies GmBH has developed Java/OSGI based "Jentro Car" technology. This new Universal Mobile Telecommunication System (UMTS) is the world’s first UMTS car, which serves as the central technology platform of the network and the control of in-car functions and services in an S-Class Mercedes.

Interestingly, the "Jentro Car" platform runs on top of an embedded Linux Operating Systems. The first S-Class test vehicle equipped with UMTS has a built-in car PC. It has two flip-up 15-inch TFT monitors recessed into the seat backs, and wireless keyboards for the use of the services sitting in the back seat. A built-in touch screen monitor on the dashboard enables the driver, and the front seat passenger to use the services like navigation and traffic observation camera, which switches off automatically above a speed of 6 km/h for safety reasons.

Jentro says it will take in-car technologies to the next generation. It is not the only company or organization engaged in this search, however, as MBDS/University Nice Sophia Antipolis has also developed prototypes of mobile Internet applications for the UMTS standards.

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