Available as an option across the full range, the Blue & Me hands-free system has been developed as the result of close collaboration between Fiat and Microsoft. It uses exclusive universal voice-recognition technology so that, regardless of who is speaking, the system does not need time to learn the voice. After pairing a Bluetooth mobile phone with the system and downloading the mobile phone’s phonebook, calls can be made and received simply by speaking: all the commands can be given without taking hands off the wheel or eyes off the road.
Up to five different mobile phones can be paired with the system making Blue & Me ideal for business use. A number can be dialled by dictating the number, digit by digit, or simply by saying the name of the person to call, provided they are in the phone’s phonebook. Alternatively, the steering wheel controls can be used to scroll through the phone book on the instrument panel display.
An extension of this service is Blue & Me Fleet, Iveco’s fleet management telematics package which is offered in partnership with Qualcomm Enterprise Services, a leader in integrated wireless systems and services. Blue & Me Fleet allows full integration with the EcoDaily’s CAN-BUS network and the precise GPS (Global Positioning System) provides highly accurate information to be accessed by the fleet manager or operator using Qualcomm’s internet based FleetVisor™ web portal. This service can supply real-time information on fuel consumption, distance travelled, road speed, engine usage and driver identity data.
It can also allow remote downloading of the digital tachograph data, eliminating the need for the vehicle to be physically available for this legally required procedure.