Vehicle appliance having hands-free telephone, global positioning system, and satellite communications modules combined in a common architecture for providing complete telematics functions

  • US 20050134504A1
  • Filed: 12/22/2003
  • Published: 06/23/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/22/2003
  • Status: Abandoned Application
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1. A vehicle appliance comprising:

  • a hands-free telephone module operable for enabling an operator of the vehicle to establish a cell phone call between a Bluetooth®

    enabled cell phone in the vehicle and a phone external to the vehicle using voice commands, the hands-free telephone module having a voice recognition module for receiving and recognizing voice commands of the operator, wherein the hands-free telephone module further includes a Bluetooth®

    enabled communications module operable for wirelessly communicating with the cell phone in order to transmit to the cell phone the operator'"'"'s voice communications spoken into a microphone of the vehicle for transmission to the external phone during the cell phone call, and to receive voice communications received by the cell phone from the external phone for transmission to speakers of the vehicle for the operator to hear during the cell phone call;

    a global positioning system (GPS) module operable for communicating with GPS satellites to generate data regarding the position of the vehicle and to output a map display of the position of the vehicle for the operator to view; and

    a satellite communications module operable to establish a satellite call with a service provider via a satellite, the satellite communications module being operable to communicate voice commands of the operator received by the hands-free telephone module along with vehicle position data generated by the GPS module to the service provider during the satellite call;

    wherein in response to the voice recognition module of the hands-free telephone module receiving and recognizing a voice command of the operator indicative of a desired destination, the satellite communications module establishes a satellite call with the service provider via a satellite and then transmits to the service provider during the satellite call a signal indicative of the desired destination along with the vehicle position data in order to receive from the service provider during the satellite call navigation directions between the positions of the vehicle and the desired destination;

    wherein the GPS module is operable with the satellite communications module to output a map display of the position of the vehicle, the position of the desired destination, and the navigation directions for the operator to view;

    wherein the hands-free telephone module further includes a voice synthesizer operable for translating the navigation directions received by the satellite communications module into vocal communications for output by speakers of the vehicle for the operator to hear.

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