Webraska and partners demonstrates multimedia in-car location-based services and wireless navigation solution, as part of COSMECA project, funded by French Ministry of Industry and Economy.
Webraska, the provider of location-based services (LBS) and enabling platforms, is demonstrating one of the first applications to come out of the COSMECA (Continuité de Service de Mobilité Evaluée dans un Contexte Automobile) project at the Tourism@ Show 2002.
COSMECA is a research and development project, funded by the French Ministry of Industry and Economy, which aims to develop an information system providing mobility services to users through a variety of platforms. The Ministry in association with Webraska, Renault, France Télécom R&D, CMM (laboratory of Ecole des Mines) and Guidalia (a spin off of France Télécom), has funded this project.
Webraska will be presenting a tourist information service which works in conjunction with its GPS and voice-enabled Internet-based Distributed Navigation (IbDN) software. The demonstration will take place in the Renault cockpit positioned on the France Telecom stand and will recreate a journey around Nice visiting points of interest such as the Promenade des Anglais or the Garibaldi square.
The driver navigates around the city using Webraska’s IbDN application on the Renault telematics unit. On arrival in the proximity of a point of interest, a signal is sent to a mobile device used by the car’s passenger. For the purposes of the demonstration this will be a tablet PC. The device will then show multimedia content about the attraction, which is provided by Guidalia. Any city or town can be opened to exploration in this manner. Even the most knowledgeable visitors could benefit from finding new attractions in well-known destinations such as Paris or Biarritz thanks to the inclusion of dynamic content.