Last month, we announced the launch of a new automotive telematics solution to complement our existing ATOP family, the GloTOP 2.5G. In addition to GPS, GloTOP is specifically designed to work with the Russian GLONASS satellite navigation system.
So, what is GLONASS ? Basically, it’s the only alternative to GPS in terms of global coverage and comparable precision, and was originally developed by the Soviet Union in 1976. And according to Wikipedia, GLONASS is the Russian Federal Space Agency’s most expensive program, consuming a third of its budget in 2010.
GLONASS is becoming increasing popular as a sat nav standard in Russia (obviously), but also in markets such as India. Auto manufacturers looking to target these territories need to ensure they have on-board support for GLONASS if they want to truly appeal to local car buyers. This is particularly important in the Russian market, as it looks likely that, in the near future, a significant import tax will be levied on vehicles that do not support the GLONASS system.
It’s reassuring to see these types of automated alert systems now starting to be implemented all around the world.
GloTOP is another great solution that supports our Connected Car vision, where the traffic infrastructure and the vehicles that use it are linked together to improve the driving experience, make our roads safer, and help to reduce unnecessary carbon emissions. And by uniquely integrating GLONASS, GPS, GSM and NFC functionality into a single package, NXP is making it easier (and more cost-effective) for OEMs to produce vehicles that can get connected, whichever market they’re in.
GloTOP is part of our Smart Telematics range of solutions, which enable multiple applications such as emergency alert capability, congestion avoidance, on-board diagnostics, vehicle location tracking or fleet management. What other functionality could drivers benefit from as cars become more and more connected?