Press Release: Test event finds mobile phones have poor hands-free performance

Car makers issue decisive call to phone manufacturers to adhere to standards

Geneva, 13 June 2014 – The results of an ITU test event have highlighted the need for phone manufacturers to improve their products’ compatibility with car hands-free systems. The event found that an overwhelming majority of the phones tested would cause shortfalls in the audio quality of hands-free-supported conversations, a concern that automobile manufacturers say could be resolved through greater cooperation from phone manufacturers.

In a plea to solve a persistent problem, major car manufacturers, including Mercedes and Toyota, with hands-free terminal (HFT) supplier Bosch, have issued a strong call to mobile phone manufacturers to perform standardized tests on the behaviour of their products within hands-free systems and to participate in the ITU-T Study Group 12 standardization work that develops interoperability tests.

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