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Elektrobit Group Oyj - ELEKTROBIT (EB) BRINGS ADVANCED NAVIGATION AND SPEECH FEATURES TO THE NEW VOLKSWAGEN GOLF VII

December 18, 2012

ELEKTROBIT (EB) BRINGS ADVANCED NAVIGATION AND SPEECH FEATURES TO THE NEW VOLKSWAGEN GOLF VII


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ELEKTROBIT (EB) BRINGS ADVANCED NAVIGATION AND SPEECH FEATURES TO THE NEW VOLKSWAGEN GOLF VII

Bringing advanced infotainment to the masses: Elektrobit (EB) helped develop Volkswagen's new Golf VII infotainment system

ERLANGEN, December 18, 2012 - Elektrobit (EB), a developer of cutting-edge embedded technology solutions for the automotive and wireless industries, developed the navigation and user experience features in the new Volkswagen Golf VII standard infotainment system, launched at Paris Auto Show in September 2012, currently available in Europe. The head unit as a complete system, the hardware and the software has been developed by Panasonic Automotive Systems with EB providing navigation, speech dialog software and HMI tooling for the highly sophisticated system.

Consumers will greatly benefit from EB's navigation solution for Volkswagen's new modular infotainment platform. Drivers will have access to EB's state-of-the-art navigation solution that includes rich graphics for mapping and convenient speech features. EB's technically advanced navigation software offers drivers attractive and naturalistic views, selection of alternative routes and integrated voice control. The infotainment system also features voice control that has been developed with the speech dialogue software EB GUIDE Speech Target Framework and features convenient speech destination entries for more than 50 countries.

"We at EB are proud that Volkswagen Group uses our navigation and speech dialogue technologies," said Martin Schleicher, Vice President, Infotainment Products at EB. "With the new Golf VII, consumers experience a new level of driving. EB software enables Volkswagen to offer the latest technologies in their vehicles fast and efficiently."

"Infotainment systems like Volkswagen's new modular infotainment platform have become a major differentiator for vehicle manufacturers," explained Dr. Gabriel Schwab, Technical Project Lead MIB at Volkswagen AG. "The demands regarding infotainment systems are rising perpetually, not only because more and more functions become available, but also because their design and character are becoming increasingly important for the brand character, no matter if a volume or high-end model. To cover this new diversity and to meet our requirements regarding usability and design, we need navigation solutions and software tools that offer maximum flexibility and quality. We at Volkswagen can always rely on EB's support, "continued Dr. Schwab.

Further Information: 
Manuela Papadopol
Global Marketing Manager
Tel. +1 425 444 2771
Email: Manuela.Papadopol@elektrobit.com

Philipp Hanke
Weber Shandwick for EB
Tel. +49 89 380179-48
Email: phanke@webershandwick.com  

Larry Weis
Autocom for EB
Tel. +12486478621
Email: lweis@usautocom.com

You can find press reports for EB at: www.elektrobit.com/whats_new/press_releases

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Elektrobit (EB)
EB develops advanced technology and transforms it into enriching end-user experiences. EB specializes in demanding embedded software and hardware solutions for the automotive industry and wireless technologies. The company's net sales for the year 2011 totaled EUR 162.2 million. Elektrobit Corporation is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. http://www.elektrobit.com

EB's Products and Solutions for Automotive Software Markets
EB is one of the most important suppliers of embedded software solutions for the automotive industry. In addition to the development of innovative products, it also specializes in services and consulting for the automotive industry, supplying implementations of serial software solutions for a broad range of AUTOSAR and FlexRay, Infotainment, Navigation, HMI and Driver Assistance systems. EB continues to invest in feature integration and development tools so that the in-vehicle devices get to market more quickly and ship in volume sooner. www.automotive.elektrobit.com