Philips creates the Net-connected car

Philips Semiconductors, a division of Philips Electronics, this week unveiled its Nexperia Car Infotainment Platform (CIP) that will allow auto makers to hook cars up to the Internet.

The company promises the Nexperia CIP platform will make it easy for those in the auto industry to develop systems for cars including e-mail, Internet access and online street directions or traffic reports, as well as pumping up the old-fashioned car music system.

The Nexperia CIP is a generic platform structure that is scalable and includes a reference architecture, as well as specific hardware and software, Philips Semiconductors said in a statement.

The Philips Semiconductors announcement comes fresh on the heels of an agreement by Ericsson and Mannesmann to partner on a project creating similar wireless mobile communication for cars with both WAP (wireless application protocol) and Bluetooth capabilities. The information and entertainment system will put Internet terminals, faxes, stereos and video inside of the car, Ericsson said.