Australian car maker Holden (a GM brand) is introducing the Pocket PC functionality into its SV (Special Vehicles) badge. The SV6000 (6.0 litre LS2) combines HSV's performance features and introduces high technology in the form of a versatile driver aid called Driver Dynamic Interface (DDI).
The DDI combines a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) with the convenience of satellite navigation, as well as providing performance information about the car.
The system is connected to a Pocket PC handheld running Windows Mobile. When functioning as a PDA, the DDI is portable and offers all the usual features of a Windows Mobile device including Bluetooth, address book and appointments notification, e-mail, Pocket Internet Explorer and more.
By plugging it into the GPS system supplied in the vehicle the DDI also offers all the functions expected of a satellite navigation system such as providing directions to any address – either from the owner's address book or by menu selection – or to points of interest and other useful locations. Voice navigation provides turn-by-turn instructions and there is a choice of various 2D and 3D maps and screen settings.
Via a data bus incorporated into the vehicle's electronic architecture, signals from the many existing sensors throughout the vehicle are translated into an information format that can be accessed through the Pocket PC.
The ‘Data stream' mode allows up to four vehicle operating parameters at one time to be monitored, recorded and later played back in various forms. This can be particularly useful to monitor coolant and oil temperatures when towing or, perhaps, to assess changes in throttle position and vehicle performance.
For the many HSV enthusiasts who enjoy club use of their vehicle in a controlled track environment, the new DDI feature will offer capabilities to measure and record elapsed times and measure vehicle performance for later analysis. DDI software updates will be available to customers via a website download facility at hsv.com.au.
As with other in-vehicle driver aids and entertainment systems the DDI screen is not designed to be viewed whilst driving. Once the vehicle is moving the screen is automatically deactivated.
The HSVDDI unit will be standard in the SV6000 model and it is planned to offer it as an option on other HSV models later this year.
An HSV Power Steering Oil Cooler is also fitted to ensure the steering system operates at an optimum level no matter what the conditions. Completing the package is a couple of current high-tech features that were, themselves, first introduced locally by HSV just a short time ago. The HSV TPM (Tyre Pressure Monitoring) system dynamically monitors tyre pressures and temperatures and swiftly gives the driver a warning should they move outside preset limits. The new-age lighting performance of HSV's Xenon Performance driving lamps enables drivers to detect potential hazards earlier during night driving.
The HSV600 will be produced in limited edition of 50 vehicles, with a maximum of 100, at an estimated retail price of AU$80,000 (US$63,300). The new model will be unveiled to the public at the Melbourne Motor Show (3 – 14 March 2005), and production will start mid-year.
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