The Bluetooth Special
Interest Group has just announced a new profile that promises to enhance the pairing between cellphones and cars. This
Phone Book Access Profile, or PBAP, will allow Bluetooth-equipped vehicles to access the owner's phonebook, and along
with the updated Hand-Free Profile 1.5, other meta data like status indicators and subscriber information. In addition
to richer data sharing, the new profile will also provide better audio quality over the PAN, a feature the SIG is
playing up in an attempt to encourage auto manufacturers to include support for Bluetooth music transmission. We should
start seeing the new profiles implemented in production models sometime in 2007, due to the lag time between vehicle
design and manufacture.