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First Telematics & Traffic Info Service Summit in China to Debut in Shanghai, with Support from NaviForum
Aug 28, 2008 (08:08 AM EDT)

SHANGHAI, Aug. 28 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers of China (SAE-China), Telematics@China, the first Telematics & Traffic Information Service Summit in China will be held on December 12th at Shanghai Huating Hotel & Towers.

Based on the theme "Let automobile drivers enjoy information services as mobile phone users do," Telematics@China will, for the first time, thoroughly analyze the status quo and development trend of the Chinese Telematics industry. Over 400 delegates throughout the value chain of the Telematics industry will be present, including 30 speakers of top elites in the industry worldwide. Executive Director-General of SAE-China Mr. Xiaoyu Zhang will deliver a speech entitled "Automotive Informationization Brings Abundant Opportunities."

NaviForum will support Telematics@China as its agenda partner. Telematics@China will shed light on discussions about hot topics in the Chinese Telematics industry and explore new business models and service demands under current Chinese situations. Many world renowned players and experts in the industry have been successfully invited to be speakers, including Chinese government delegates, SAIC Motor, BMW, GM, Nissan, Toyota, Audi, Chrysler, OnStar, Continental, Delphi, AutoNavi, et al. The industry leading players as represented by GM OnStar and Toyota G-BOOK will share their strategic plans, business deployment, and service modes about automotive informationization and Telematics services. Innovative companies like BMW will introduce its new open Telematics framework "NGTP" etc, and explore how to bring them into China. Top consulting and research firms including Gartner and SBD will give insightful views on how to adapt world Telematics experience with the Chinese local market.

The Telematics@China event is coincident with the Chinese auto industry commemorating the 30th anniversary of China's Reform and Opening-up. "After 30 years of reform and opening-up, the Chinese automobile industry has come into the era of informationization. Not only should automakers provide high-quality vehicles and after services, they should provide related information services, letting automobile drivers enjoy information services like mobile phone users and have safer and more comfortable driving experiences," says Mr. Xiaoyu Zhang. "Holding Telematics@China at the right moment is immensely significant for the Chinese auto industry."

SAE-China Profile

Founded in 1963, SAE-China is a national and academic corporate body and a non-profit organization composed voluntarily by enterprises, institutions, incorporations and professionals in the fields of automotive and relative industries which focus on research, design, manufacture, education, sales, management and so on. And it is also a member of the International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies (FISITA) as well as one of the initiators in organizing the International Pacific Conference on Automotive Engineering (IPC), which now is renamed as the Asia Pacific Automotive Engineering Conference (APAC). SAE-China has become an indispensable and important force for promoting the healthy and continuous development of the automotive industry through over 40 years of development and has been recognized by domestic and international automotive industries, different social circles, government and nationwide automotive professionals. SAE-China has tens of thousands of personal members and hundreds of group members, with more than 20 professional committees, and has established business guidance relationships with provincial societies of automotive engineers. SAE-China has become an important force for spreading new ideas, exchanging new technologies and propagandizing new conception of China auto industry and also an important bridge for promoting the exchange among international auto industries.

NaviForum Profile

NaviForum is organized by three Chinese departments: the Department of High and New Technology Development and Industrialization, the Ministry of Science and Technology; the Department of Map Management, the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping; and the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality. It is held in Shanghai every year, and it has been successfully held for four consecutive years since 2004. NaviForum Shanghai takes the first place in the Chinese auto industry forums as quoted in the 2007 China Automotive Industry Exhibition Evaluation Report. Former French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy praised it as 'the most important convention on satellite navigation in China'.

CONTACT: Organizing Committee of Telematics@China, +86-21-5298-9158, or, +86-21-5298-9234, or