The system employs 3Com's wireless networking solution and AwAutoPc hardware which includes a Tft screen (installed before the rear seats) and a keyboard for controlling Web surfing activities, and managing emails and other functions. It is thus possible to access all infotelematic services currently available: from IP telephony to videoconferencing.
Furthermore, the Wi-Fi technology installed on the Fiat Ulysse 'mobile office' allows you to set up a small Lan inside the vehicle through which passengers can watch multimedia content, exchange files and consult electronic maps or traffic information.
The Frankfurt stand also focuses on the Autonomy Programme, the initiative that the Fiat Group launched in 1995 to provide cars for people with impaired motor abilities. A Stilo Abarth 2.4 automatic is on show, with an electronic ring accelerator, a device that transforms the pedal accelerator into a control on the steering-wheel, and a horizontal thrust brake, which allows braking to be controlled manually next to the steering wheel. It is also fitted with a transversally opening rear door with remote control, which makes it easy to load a wheelchair between the car's front and rear seats.
The approximately 2700 sq m of the Fiat stand therefore propose a fresh, youthful environment, decorated with bright colours, modern furnishings and shiny metal.
Refreshment points have been set up in cooperation with Lavazza and Bacardi, in line with the sparkling atmosphere and Italian design that characterise the display area. There are also large LED screens projecting videos that underline the dynamic spirit of the various models, and a number of Internet stations where visitors can link up to the buy@fiat and fiat.com sites, and discover the models in the Fiat range, experiencing a new approach to the world of the car.Published 28 August 2003